Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

St. Petersburg has a New Pier
By Cheryl Hollon

We have a delightful brand-new pier in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. It’s been quite a long construction phase and quite a lot of money to replace the inverted triangle that was the city’s prior icon. In fact, I loved that pier so much, I had my author picture taken in front of it.

But times change and now I need another photograph in front of the new building at the end of the pier. It’s quite different, but I love it even more. I look different now as well. I’ve got shorter, lighter hair, new glasses, but I still love a white jacket.

So as soon as things calm down with the pandemic, I’ll be out there posing with my new look in front of the new pier.

I’ve walked out to the end several times now, and my favorite time is in the early morning just after the sun has risen. The breeze is fresh and the horrible heat hasn’t begun to melt everything into a steamy swamp.

Of course, another reason to like this part of the pier is for the fishing. Not only is there a bait & tackle shop, but a coffee shop, too. This is absolute heaven.

Do you have a favorite image for your town?

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Comments

  1. Your view sounds lovely. I like the flowers and the birds around here along with the tropical foliage. Sometimes I can catch a spectacular sunrise or a thunderhead cloud. It’s peaceful among the palms and hibiscus bushes.

  2. maggietoussaint says

    We have an angel fountain under a large oak in Vernon Square, Darien, GA. Depending on where you stand, it appears the oaks branches are mimicking the angel’s wings…. And I love walking on piers. Maybe someday I’ll be down your way and get to try this one out.

  3. I live in a town that was supposed to be celebrating its 300th anniversary this year. Of course, most of the events planned for the celebration have been sidelined, thanks to the pandemic. About the only thing there is to do is walk around and admire the old architecture that still dots certain areas.

    • cherylhollon says

      What a disapointment for the celebration committee. Husband and I were lucky to tour St. Augustine for their 450th celebration. They celebrated for almost two years so there’s hope for your events.

  4. Sigh, sometimes I envy the FL folks who live near the water. We are “glades” Florida at my house. I don’t get to see the ocean, but we have all manner of birds and small wildlife wandering by, which makes up for it. (Plus we don’t have to evacuate during hurricanes). Taking new author photos is always fun so long as you end up with that perfect one. 🙂 But yours always look good.

    • cherylhollon says

      Thanks for the compliment on my author photos. I was lucky to have a good friend who was a professional photographer take them for me. He lives downtown as well. It was fun and I think that shows. I do love living within walking distance of Tampa Bay. Lots of inspiration in just watching the wind and waves.

  5. Changes come with the territory, but I was partial to your old pier. We have an image in my town, which Anne George used in her mysteries, Vulcan. Vulcan is the largest cast-iron statue in the world. It was created for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and ended up placed on top of Red Mountain overlooking downtown Birmingham with its back to Homewood, Alabama. When they updated it, they turned it slightly on its pedestal so it would no longer moon Homewood.
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    • cherylhollon says

      Now that I’ve walked around the new pier several times, I’m falling in love with the great waterfront views and the many pieces of art. We haven’t tried any of the food places yet — that will be a little later. Not mooning Homewood is a good thing!

  6. Hi Cheryl, Sounds like you live close to that pier with your early morning walk – best time of day!

    • cherylhollon says

      Hi Linda, You’re right early morning is the best, but evening is wonderful as well. At this time of year, we avoid the daytime heat.