Bryan Friesen Photography - Sunrise at the St. Petersburg Pier
St. Petersburg, Florida -- It's the last night to say goodbye to the Pier. There will be no more colored lights, no more aquarium, no more walls. But the Pier isn't just concrete and steel, it's the fabric of life for many.
People like Carla Marie, a server at Columbia. And on this night, she shares that very rich tapestry with her customers.
"Thank you so much for coming and being a part of the family. It's been a pleasure to serve you all these years."
Family, friends and lovers soak in the last of the setting sun, and share memories.
"It's all a part of change. We will miss the Pier and all the celebrations, but the Columbia will be back, so that is great," said one visitor.
Another said, "It's really very sad because this place is an icon of the city. There are so many memories I have from when I was a child. It will be missed."
This night, the last pictures will be taken, and the shops will close, but the memories will remain for those who grew up here.
"I got my first job here. I was a valet, scooped ice cream, was a maintenance worker, waiter and a busboy upstairs," said a native of St. Petersburg.
And as the band plays a final swan song, 11 pm marks the last dance. The Pier is history.
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