St. Pete says goodbye to old pier to make way for new

Demolition of the St Petersburg Pier begins.

ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – Hundreds of people came out for a farewell party for the St. Petersburg Pier. Demolition began earlier this week for the inverted pyramid pier that first opened in 1973.
For Liz Lang the pier has been a major part of her life.

“I came down here with my grandparents in the 50’s and the 60’s and the million dollar pier,” said Lang. When the inverted pyramid opened Lang got a job in it’s first year. “I was right up on top and worked in the restaurant,” said Lang.

People stood in line Friday to get a commemorative St. Petersburg Pier brick.
People stood in line Friday to get a commemorative St. Petersburg Pier brick.

But Lang says she is ready for a new era. “There is a time and a place and a reason and a season for everything and I think it’s time,” said Lang. Her son is now a commercial fisherman and first learned to fish standing on the pier approach.

“Spent a lot of nights here camping out, waiting for the mullet run to come through,” said Dane Karcher. He’s also not sorry to see the current pier make way for a new pier. “No, not at all. I think it’s time for a new one and they can really upgrade it and make it nice, especially for all of the tourists that come here and the local people,” said Karcher.

St. Petersburg’s mayor chose a design known as Pier Park after a lengthy and sometimes painful process. Construction on Pier Park is expected to begin in 2017.

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