From its humble beginnings as a railroad trestle devoted to the delivery of goods into the city from Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg’s pier has seen a number of changes over its storied 100-year lifespan. Among other designs, the city has known the “Million Dollar” pier with its Mediterranean revival architecture, as well as the famed inverted pyramid structure of 1973, expanded with the addition of nearly 70,000 square feet of “festival market” style retail space in 1987.
Now St. Pete’s beloved pier is about to get a whole new look.
On Wednesday, May 31, The City of St. Petersburg was issued a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – the final permit needed before work can begin on the new pier – allowing construction to start this month.
On June 1, City Council voted to approve the first $17.6 million phase of the project.
Mayor Rick Kriseman said: “The ‘New St. Pete Pier’ will be a dynamic extension of our iconic waterfront park system, and is sure to be enjoyed by residents and visitors from throughout the world for generations to come. My thanks to my team, our government partners, and our community for getting us to this point.”
The new pier is expected to have a number of amenities for residents and tourists alike including a restaurant and event space, a lawn for concerts, a fishing deck and bait shop, an education center and wet classroom, a kayak launch and an open-air market.