ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - An estimated 400 people are expected to be out of work when the St. Petersburg pier is demolished later this year.
The Tampa Tribune reports that many of the small retail businesses at the pier are still looking for a place to relocate. Some have decided to close altogether, saying they won't find another location in Pinellas County with such high foot traffic and beautiful views.
In addition to retail shop employees, valet parking attendants, cleaners, security officers and others will also be back on the job market.
St. Petersburg is scheduled to barricade the causeway in four months and then proceed to demolish the iconic pier. It will be replaced with a futuristic design dubbed "The Lens." The new pier will offer visitors kayaking and paddle boating instead of gelato stands and fortune-telling machines.