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Grand opening of St. Pete Pier delayed, mayor says

Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 15:58:54-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman said the highly-anticipated grand opening of the pier will be delayed.

Mayor Kriseman's announcement comes as city leaders were hoping to have the St. Pete Pier open to the public on the original date of May 30.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Kriseman did not give a new grand opening date.

The pier has been under construction since 2017. City Architect for St. Petersburg Raul Quintana previously compared the pier to Disneyland.

“It will be better than Disneyland, because it’s free,” says Quintana. “You don’t have to pay any money to come on here. Whether you have 50 cents or 50 dollars, there will be something for you to do.”


The 26-acre waterfront attraction is costing over $80 million to build. The city says it's more than just a pier, it's an "exPIERience."

"This gleaming new attraction on the city’s picturesque waterfront promises limitless fun for everyone, from first-time visitors to long-time residents," the website for the pier says. "Its 26 beautiful acres seamlessly combine the peaceful blue waters of Tampa Bay with the vibrant greenery of downtown St. Petersburg’s parks, creating the ultimate place to stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, take in a concert and more. So get together with your family and friends and visit. It’s time to soak up some fun under the warm Florida sun!"

You can click here for more information and to take a virtual tour of the pier.