St. Pete opens tourist pier

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St. Pete opens tourist pier
Photo Credit: City of St. Petersburg

The Florida city of St. Petersburg opened a 3,000-foot tourist pier on July 6, the culmination of a multi-year push to redevelop and modernize the city’s waterfront.

The new pier anchors a 26-acre arts, entertainment and civic district. It will feature six restaurants and bars, a children’s activity area, a science and discovery museum, public art, a Great Lawn and a fishing deck. A shopping area will feature a rotating array of independent vendors in kiosks and tents.

In the next year, the pier expects to host 78 festivals, concerts, health-and-fitness activities and other events.

City officials had intended to open the pier on May 30 but held off because of coronavirus concerns.

Photo Credit: City of St. Petersburg

The Pier District will have three 12-passenger trams. The trams will be ADA accessible and are designed to carry an additional 35-passenger trailer, if needed. Two electric vehicles that can transport 11 passengers each will be available for special occasions. 

There will also be approximately 25 boat slips with metered docking.

St. Petersburg has had a pier at the location since 1889. The most recent version, which was torn down in 2015, featured a pavilion at the end shaped like an inverted pyramid.

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