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Thousands count down pier's last days

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Thousands came to the St. Petersburg Pier this Memorial Day weekend as they celebrated -not just the holiday - but the final few days of the iconic structure.

"I've even actually came to the Pier before this one when I was about 17 with my grandfather," said Susan Thomas, who came with her friend to take video and photos of the inverted pyramid that city officials want to tear down. "A lot of people can relate to this as different parts of their lives. I can think of the first time I saw the Pier, I was living with my grandparents as a teenager."

The shops and restaurants in the pier close on Friday. The building, finished in 1973, is 40 years old now and is slated for demolition in August.

One of those packing up this weekend is candle artist Nic Weathersbee.

"This pier to me is one of the most important mid-century modern examples of architect in the state or possibly our whole country since it is the only inverted pyramid building over the water on the planet," said Weathersbee, owner and creator of the Global Candle Gallery. 

Weathersbee helped lead a group to get the future of the pier on the ballot instead of the city's initial plan to go forward with a replacement design called "The Lens." It will be on the ballot in August.

"A lot of people are confused right now because they don't understand why the city's tearing the pier down," Weathersbee said. "They're told the building's crumbling into the Bay. In actual fact the building has a separate stand-alone foundation from the rest of the deck around the building."

He said, despite what the city has reported, he and many of his business neighbors at the pier haven't found places to relocate. He says he will now work part-time educating people how to plant sustainable gardens.

"And probably having to go on unemployment," Weathersbee said "I did look for locations but I'd have to move to Tarpon Springs or Clearwater Beach but I love my city. I want to keep my business here."

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