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St. Pete Pier memories shared in postcards

St. Petersburg, Florida-- Sometimes, the best way to express the pain of losing the Pier is to write it out. 

It's what visitors from around the world lined up to do on Monday on a computer at The Pier's front desk- choose a photo of the local icon and snap a photo of on the computer's camera, and then send a message in an e-postcard.

So we had people write out their own postcards -- of memories decades in the making, of what they'll miss most about the local businesses and the atmosphere. It inspired a lot of stories.

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"It's really hard because I have a lot of good memories here," said Mary Freeman as her eyes filled with tears. 

On her postcard, she wrote, "My favorite memory of The Pier was New Year's Eve 1990. It was so beautiful, and the weather was great."

Five-year-old Rilee, on the other hand, hasn't been visiting The Pier for decades, but she's made her own memories.

"I like to play around the water," she smiled, "And I like everything."

Everything, including the last appearances on this Pier's edge from the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team

"We look forward to having a pier out here," the announcer said over the speakers before the show started, "...no matter what the shape is."

"My favorite thing about the Pier is the fabulous view," added Chantal McCulligh, who's been visiting from Canada. "My family was just here from Canada and I brought them here and the last day was spent here because St. Pete is not touristy. It's a little bit of fun and culture of Florida."

Many people we spoke to want to see The Pier repaired instead of demolished, and are opposed to the Lens design and budget.

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Crystal Mirage Gallery inside The Pier is offering a petition for St. Petersburg residents to sign in order to vote on The Lens. The store says they already have enough signatures for a vote, but encourage people to include their names if they wish.

"We were here for New Year's Eve. We ate at the Columbia. We had parties here. Fed the pelicans, fished, everything," Freeman said. "Just so sad."

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WOWStPete: New wave of support in St. Pete for Lens Pier design

PHOTOSSt. Petersburg's new proposed Pier 

Stop the Lens campaign turns over 20,000 petitions

Columbia restaurant to join Lens pier project in St. Pete

Changes coming for new St. Petersburg Pier design

Lens wins new St. Petersburg Pier design competition

St. Petersburg Pier: Opponents of The Lens gear up for new year

The Lens: Controversial new St. Pete Pier project moves forward

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