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St. Pete Pier now scheduled to open in July

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 13:10:45-04

The wait is almost over! The new St. Pete Pier now has an open date in July.

Residents and visitors are invited to explore all 26 acres of St. Pete's newest waterfront attraction beginning Monday, July 6 at 5 p.m.

"It's been a long and winding road, but we've arrived at our destination: A dynamic, 26-acre waterfront playground that will serve residents and visitors for generations to come," Mayor Rick Kriseman said. "It's time for everyone to experience all the Pier District and St. Pete Pier has to offer."

Due to COVID-19, no organized mass gathering will coincide with the pier's opening. To provide for the health and safety of the pier's visitors, additional details related to a safe opening of the St. Pete Pier will be shared soon, the city says.

The Pier was previously slated to open in May, but coronavirus threw a wrench in those plans.

For more than a century, seven different piers have stood over the St. Pete bay.

The 26 acre-property is described as a “waterfront playground” that will have restaurants, shops, a splash pad and lots more.

The nearly $90 million pier has been long in the making.