Grand opening of St. Pete Pier pushed back due to coronavirus

“There’s just too much uncertainty to plan such a gathering,” Kriseman said.

Grand opening of St. Pete Pier pushed back due to coronavirus
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Just two months after St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman announced the grand opening of the city’s new pier, the official date has been pushed back due to coronavirus.

It was originally set to open on May 30, but Kriseman hasn’t announced a new date just yet.

“There’s just too much uncertainty to plan such a gathering,” Kriseman said via Facebook Live on Tuesday. “It’s simply in the best interest of public health and safety to wait just a bit longer… but not too much longer.”

In the meantime, he reminded citizens to keep social distancing, to wear a mask around others and, put simply, “be smart.”

The $92 million Pier will feature a $1 million wooden playground with a splash pad, a fishing deck, a local market vendor area, several restaurants, a 3,000-square-foot interactive classroom and a $1.5 million sculpture from renowned Tampa Bay artist Jane Echelman called “Bending Arc.”

When it does open, you can visit 30 minutes before sunrise and will have to leave at 11 p.m.

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