St. Pete Pier™ Animated Tour

The Pier District

Please note: The renderings and abstracts depicted on this website are from the developing concept of the Pier project and subject to change as the design evolves toward completion.

A New Pier For Everyone

A process that started in 2014, shortly after Mayor Kriseman took office, is underway for the development of a new Pier for St. Petersburg.

Initially, funds were allocated for the development of a new Pier, from Spa Beach to the end of the Pier Head. However, an additional $20 million to develop the Pier approach became available through TIF funds from the downtown tax district. The Pier approach connects the Pier to the downtown business core (Beach Drive and Bayshore Boulevard) and its boundaries follow the waterfront from the Vinoy to Pioneer Park.

The new pier district, encompassing the area below, will provide interactive experiences throughout this area and along its 3,065 foot length. Visitors can choose their experience throughout the area, and its exploration and activity areas provide a multitude of flexible programs and experiences for both tourists and the local community – from children to seniors, nature lovers to boaters, fishermen to fine diners.

It is a hub for activity, not only at the pier head, but also all along its length while offering a multitude of smaller and more flexible programs and experiences.

One Project/Two Design Teams:

Two design teams are working hand-in-hand to design the Pier district. ASD/SKY, Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, and Ken Smith Workshop began designing the Pier project in July 2015. W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects began working on concepts for the Pier approach in January 2016.

Guiding Principles:

  • Comprises a collection of activities, not a singular destination at the end of a pier
  • Incorporates all the Key Elements, as defined by the citizens Pier Working Group
  • Focuses on function over form
  • Family oriented, a place for everyone
  • Honors the waterfront master plan

Explore The Pier: Virtual Tour

Map Key

Budgeted Elements: $50 Mil.


Pier Approach
Budgeted Elements: $20 Mil.


Enhancements: $10 Mil.

St. Pete Pier™: Budget Overview

St. Pete Pier™ is underway with a budget of $50 million. This budget was approved by City Council in 2005 and in addition to construction includes all demolition, permitting, development and design fees. The project is on time and in budget. Simultaneously, the first phase of the St. Petersburg Waterfront Masterplan is also being implemented with the construction of the Pier Approach. Together, these items create a comprehensive Pier District. The separate budget for the Pier Approach, approved by City Council in 2016, is $20 million. Development is on time and in budget.

Points of Interest

* Denotes an enhancement to the budgeted project.


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Fishing Deck and Bait Shop

The Fishing Platform uses the existing caissons from the Inverted Pyramid Pier to allow visitors to get closer to the water and provide a dedicated area for fishing. The Retail Sundry/Gift Shop and Bait Shop at the Pier Head Building will be operated by United Park Services, Inc. (UPS)

Gator Jim’s Tackle and Bait Shack at the St. Pete Pier™ will provide fishing gear, tackle and nets along with a large variety of fresh and frozen bait. The gift shop will feature top quality fishing gear, name brand sunglasses, jewelry and art by local artists, clothing and beach supplies including: floats, towels, swimsuits, sunscreen, hats.


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Pier Head Restaurant and Event Space

Teak, Inc. will lease and operate the three food service concepts for the Pier Head; a restaurant, café and rooftop bar.

The three concepts include an upscale restaurant (Teak) a rooftop bar (Teaki) and a café (Driftwood Café.) Sample menus indicate a broad offering including lobster tails, fish tacos, a raw bar, local craft beers and much more. Plans for the restaurant include a comfortable and elegant setting with local art on display.


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Lawn Bowl and Event Plaza

The Lawn Bowl provides impressive views of the city and surrounding marinas, and the gentle ADA-compliant slope is perfect for outdoor games, events and activities. The Lawn Bowl and event plaza can accommodate more than 3,000 people for special events, including concerts, fireworks and festivals. Or, it can simply be a place to relax on Tampa Bay.


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Discovery Center and Wet Classroom

Operated by Tampa Bay Watch, the Discovery Center will offer dynamic interactive exhibits that will educate the public and showcase the Tampa Bay estuary, as well as classroom space for school field trips and summer camp programs. They will also provide management services for the center as an event venue for corporate meetings and special events.

Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. Established in 1993, Tampa Bay Watch performs a variety of habitat restoration and protection activities throughout the year, utilizing thousands of volunteers to help the bay recover from its environmental problems.


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Floating Platform

Floating platforms provide access to the water and allow for marine education opportunities along the Pier. These floating platforms sit on top of the water and automatically adjust to tides. They function much like floating docks currently used at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, Fort DeSoto Boat Ramp and many other marinas and public parks.


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The breakwater on the north side of the Pier protects Spa Beach, preventing beach erosion and encouraging seagrass growth. It also calms the waters for the kayakers and paddle boarders who enter the water near the boat house.


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Coastal Thicket

It may feel like a nature stroll, however it’s also an excellent opportunity to learn about native Florida plants, trees and shrubs. Native Florida plants in 3-feet of soil will provide a low canopy for shade along the boardwalk. Large understory trees like the wax myrtle, myrtle oak and white buttonwood, along with sables, palmettos, sea oats and native grasses, will be found in the coastal thicket.

The ADA-compliant boardwalk takes you from the Pier head to the Dolphin Parking Lot through the Coastal Thicket. Pathway lighting will illuminate the boardwalk during evening hours.


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Signature Art Element

A signature art element is an enhancement to the current plan. This art element will be compatible with the goal of evoking a range of reactions from moods of contemplation to celebration. It will be vibrant, iconic and help establish the Pier District as an important community gathering space - representative of St. Petersburg’s emergence as one of the most beautiful, creative and vibrant cities in Florida.


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Pier Plaza and Tilted Lawn

At the heart of Pier Plaza is an interactive water feature that is both a water fountain and a splash pad. It is being designed to offer big and small vertical water jets, so it will be fun for the young kids and the old kids, too.

The Tilted Lawn provides a relaxing, grassy surface that is perfect place to enjoy views of the St. Petersburg waterfront and skyline, while overlooking the splash pad on Pier Plaza.


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Splash Pad

The Splash Pad will provide a fun, interactive water play feature. With powerful jets and lighting, this water feature would be capable of transforming, on demand, from a splash pad to a focal fountain with impressive civic presence.


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The Spa Beach Pavilion will include restrooms, a café and shade structure. The Pavilion will be managed by United Park Services, Inc. (UPS) and will offer “grab and go” food items as well as other, healthy, interesting and traditional food selections. They will operate a “green” business, committed to recycling and offering recyclable containers.


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Overlook and Restaurant

Take a slight detour from the Pier Approach and stroll down the Overlook, a tree-lined promenade that perfectly frames expansive views across Tampa Bay.

Tucked in to the South of the Overlook, and directly adjacent to the Pelican Lot, will be Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grille, elevated above the surrounding site with breathtaking views of Tampa Bay and the St. Petersburg waterfront.

With three locations just south of Tampa Bay, Doc Ford’s has already established a reputation as a highly successful destination restaurant. The restaurant’s name and Florida theme, based on the novels by New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White, will appeal to both residents and visitors.


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Kayak Launch

Potential shade structure associated with a beach-side kayak and paddleboard launching zone at Spa Beach.


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Spa Beach

Spa Beach has expanded with a naturalized shoreline, offering beachgoers even more room to enjoy downtown’s waterfront beach park.


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Market Stalls

Market Stalls are a proposed enhancement to the current project that is being recommended based on public input received after schematic design. Dedicated space has been reserved in the design for the equipment, and City administration and the Pier design team are seeking options to fund all proposed enhancements.


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Bioswale & Picnic Area

The bioswale includes a natural drainage for stormwater runoff and is just one of many eco-friendly aspects of the new Pier.

Enjoy one of St. Petersburg’s best views along the shaded sitting edge overlooking the North Basin towards the Vinoy. Picnicking will also be encouraged in this area, and spaces for smaller events are incorporated.


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Family Park/Kid’s Play Area

Kids can have a place to burn off energy in a safe, fun environment. Designed by one of North America’s premier playground designers, the play area will be strategically located near the Pier splash pad, welcome center and Spa Beach, which all work together to create one play zone. The play areas have child-friendly nodes of activity to interest kids of all ages.

The Family Park is designed to offer a variety of play options, providing unique play experiences for kids of all ages.


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Walking Waterfront

See the boats in St. Petersburg Municipal Marina and imagine where you could go on each one. The walking waterfront provides a continuous sidewalk and large pedestrian path along the Approach’s southern edge. It loops south past the restaurant and then to the Pier.


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Marina Lawn

This is a large grassy area along a diagonal path that connects the parking lots on the Pier Approach. It will include a number of recreation features, such as shuffleboard, bocce, shaded swings, etc.


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Gateway Plaza

The Gateway Plaza marks your arrival at the Approach and the beginning of a vital new place.

The entry to the plaza will have an anchor art piece designed by artist Nathan Mabry. It will facilitate pedestrian movement with wide walkways easily connecting Beach and Bay Shore Drives and will have special lighting to maintain and enhance that strong connection in the evening.


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Transient Boat Docks

There will be 25 transient slips on the south side of the Pier Approach for boaters coming to enjoy a short visit to the Pier.


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