- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - After a decade of planning and four years of delays, workers have begun tearing down St. Petersburg’s downtown, inverted pyramid-shaped pier.

Local media outlets report that the demolition started on Tuesday, as outer portions of the city landmark began to be destroyed. The work marked the beginning of the two-month demolition of the inverted pyramid, which opened in 1973, as well as the start of its $46 million redevelopment as Pier Park.

City officials had not disclosed when the demolition was set to begin.

Mayor Rick Kriseman is planning a formal farewell to the iconic pyramid Friday evening at the Dolphin Parking Lot, near the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

The construction of the new pier is expected to begin early in 2017 and continue into 2018.

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