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The Pier in St. Pete January 14, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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The St. Pete Pier

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A landmark dear

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Turns 40 this year

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But its end is near

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That much is clear

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It’s reno or demo, I fear

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Til then, kids hula hoop here

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Adults relax with a cold beer

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As Patchouli sings with good cheer

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And hungry pelicans gather near

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Waiting for lunch to appear

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And disappear . . . as they clap and cheer

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Aah . . . that’s better!

The Pier has been a landmark of downtown St. Petersburg since 1899 when Peter Demens hooked up the Orange Belt Railroad to a half-mile wharf. D. F. Brantley started the first Pier Pavilion in 1895, but it is the 1926 Million Dollar Pier, torn down in 1973 to house today’s inverted pyramid structure, that long-time residents remember.

For more information:  St. Pete Pier