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To help maintain social distancing, reservations will be required to visit the new St Pete Pier during the grand opening week.

ST. PETERSBURG – The new St. Pete Pier and Pier District will open at 5 p.m. Monday (July 6).

In order to help maintain social distancing and open¬† the “St. Pete Way,” officials said that reservations are required to visit the St Pete Pier during its opening week. Tickets will be issued for 5 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. July 12. To reserve tickets, people should go to the city’s website at StPetePier.org, navigate to the events page, and follow the directions. You will be asked to choose the day and time you would like to have your exPIERience.

On Monday only, parking at the Dolphin and Pelican parking lots at Second Avenue/ Marina Way will be closed to the general public. Recommended parking for the pier’s opening day is the Sundial Garage located at 117 2nd St. N. The St. Peterburg Looper Trolley (LooperTrolley.com) will also be in operation with a convenient stop near the St. Pete Pier. Drop-offs and rideshare will be at Beach Drive and Second Avenue NE, while those with handicap placards will be allowed through the Bayshore Drive closure checkpoint.

Starting Tuesday (July 7), parking will be available at the Dolphin and Pelican parking lots until full, with overflow parking at the Sundial Garage. Parking can be paid at any of the 13 pay stations located throughout the parking lots for $2 per hour for the first four hours and then at a graduated rate for the next two hours. There is a six-hour max parking available in the lots. Credit cards, cash and the ParkMobile platform can be used to pay for parking.

To pay for parking along Marina Way, visitors can pay with a credit card or coins using the smart meters. ParkMobile is also accepted by selecting Zone 2005 on the ParkMobile App via a smartphone. The rate is $2/ per hour for the first three hours and then a graduated rate for the fourth hour. Alternative modes of transportation include the trolley and the Bike Share located throughout downtown St. Petersburg.

It is the city of St. Petersburg’s goal to provide a safe and entertaining exPIERience for all individuals. There are limited reservations daily, for the safety of residents and visitors. Planning ahead is encouraged. Proof of a complimentary reservation by either phone or a printed document is required. The reservation will be processed through a touch-less scanning upon entry.

The Center for Disease Control and the city of St. Petersburg recommend wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible. The city is encouraging visitors to the pier to wear a mask whether indoors or outdoors; however, local directives require masks to be worn when inside places of public assembly, such as restaurants. This will be enforced within the St. Pete Pier District.

PHOTO SHOWS TWO OF THE PUBLIC ARTWORKS AT THE NEW ST. PETE PIER. ONE IS BENDING ARC BY TAMPA BAY NATIVE JANET ECHELMAN AND THE OTHER IS MORNING STARS, A MOSAIC BY XENOBIA BAILEY. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG.

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