1973 - 2013: After 40 years as an iconic sight on the waterfront of St Pete(Florida,not Russia!), the pier closes today at the end of business. Went there quite a few times since we moved here in 1988; picture below is from that period; you can see the masts of the HMS Bounty replica ship - you know, the one that sank during Hurricane Sandy last year. Used to have some nice shops, and an aquarium that the kids enjoyed seeing (long before there was a Florida Aquarium in Tampa).
Too bad they're going to knock it down and replace it with something called 'The Lens' - go ahead and Google it; sure looks to me like that'll blow away in the first hurricane to come along.