Throughout St. Pete’s history, the public pier has always been a waterfront destination. From the “Railroad Pier” to the “Million Dollar Pier” and the famed “Inverted Pyramid”, the history of the pier runs nearly as deep as the city’s.
The most recent iteration of the St. Pete Pier, the Inverted Pyramid, closed its doors to the public for the last time on May 31, 2013. Since then, there has been a long, often controversial, pier replacement process that involved public forums and information sessions, a dramatic citizen referendum, and of course, a lot of emotion.
Now, exactly four years later, St. Pete enters a new chapter in its pier history. On Wednesday—May 31st, 2017—the city officially received a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on the new St. Pete Pier. This was the final permit needed before construction could begin.
Today, St Petersburg is another step closer to having a brand new pier. A public survey opened this morning on the city’s official website encouraging residents over the age of 18 to vote on up to three of their favorite pier designs. Residents will have until March 6th to cast their vote.
City officials are hoping to receive input from 40,000-50,000 residents in the two weeks the poll is open.
BACK TO THE BURG❗️ Nitallys ThaiMex is COMING SOON to 1163 9th Street North (formerly Art of Sushi)! 🤭🎉😄 After closing their wildly popular restaurant in the Grand Central District last year, Nit and Ally opened up Nitally’s Express in South Pasadena. But the plan was always to return to St Pete. It won’t be much longer before we can enjoy their delicious Green Curry Burrito and Chipotle Pad Thai in sunny St Pete again! 🌮😎☀️
🍍Pineapple Espresso🍍, a drive-thru coffee shop and health-focused eatery, is NOW OPEN at 3045 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street North! 🎉😁 Their coffee is roasted in-house and available in drip, espresso, cold brew, or whole bean ☕️ And from the comfort of your car, you can order fresh healthy food such as avocado toast topped with local citrus, roasted beet, crumbled goat cheese, walnut and mint 🥑 Who else is excited for Burg-roasted coffee and healthy food via DRIVE-THRU!? 😊
NEW THIS MONTH❗ A cocktail lounge, the old police HQ site, an eco-boutique, 400 Central Avenue, and a Greek-Lebanese eatery 😋
Do you find it hard to keep up with everything opening in Downtown St Pete these days? Not anymore! 😄 Downtown Developments is a monthly column featuring a few of the most exciting new happenings on the horizon for the Sunshine City ☀️ Every month, read Downtown Developments online at StPeteRising.com and in print in Green Bench Monthly 🎉