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Pier demolition debris gathered up in case Erika visits St. Petersburg

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There’s a tropical storm, maybe a hurricane, maybe heading straight for us. Maybe.

Nevertheless, demolition of the inverted pyramid has been temporarily put on hold in order to make sure the site is safe should a storm maybe hit St. Petersburg.

Crews were on site Friday afternoon clearing debris from the Pier head into large bins using cranes and other heavy machinery.

The overall structure is still mostly intact. Portions of the exterior façade have been removed or partially removed. It’s difficult to tell from a distance, but it appears some lower level demolition on the ground may have also occurred including some of the pavement.

We know for sure some of the bricks surrounding the Pier have been removed. The city handed out 250 of the bricks stamped with a Pier logo on them during a celebration this past Friday.

According to city spokesman Ben Kirby, there is no reason to fear the inverted pyramid is at any greater risk of damage than it would be under normal circumstances.

The contractors hired to complete the demolition have a storm preparedness plan to ensure projects are safe during a storm.

Kirby does not expect the safety precautions to affect the city’s 60-day timeline in completing demolition of the inverted pyramid. That project has been going on for about two weeks.

Here are photos taken of the demolition Friday:

Pier Demolition 1

Pier Demolition 2

Pier Demolition 3

And finally, apparently the Pier approach has become … a camping ground? There’s a camper just outside of the screen.

Pier camping

And yes, that’s a propane camping grill. You’re welcome.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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