For most of its first century, a Pier has served as a focal point of the city’s waterfront.
The most recent St. Petersburg Pier, known as the “Inverted pyramid,” served as a focal point for tourism in the area and closed in June, 2013 due to structural deterioration of the quarter mile approach leading to the Pier head. A new St. Petersburg Pier, called The Lens, had been approved by St. Petersburg City Council and was in the developmental stages before a citizen-driven referendum in August, 2013 halted progress on the project.
Upon taking office in 2014, Mayor Rick Kriseman asked that the fences surrounding the Pier head be removed, and the Pier approach and Pier head are currently open to the public for pedestrian access, fishing and other related activities. The interior building of The Pier remains closed.
Mayor Kriseman is currently developing plans to return a Pier for full public use in the near future.