- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - St. Petersburg’s inverted pyramid pier will be demolished after a lengthy and often contentious public debate.

Mayor Rick Kriseman and the city are holding a party at the Pier on Friday for a final goodbye ceremony to the 42-year-old building. The first 250 people in attendance will receive brick pavers from the pier, each bearing the image of the inverted pyramid.

After years of debate, the City Council agreed to demolish the pier and in May chose a new design. The new $46 million Pier Park will replace the pyramid with another structure at the pier head. It includes a series of park areas, floating docks, trails and other amenities.

Pier Park is expected to be completed in 2018.

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