"The crescent as a metaphor for the growth of our community. A gathering place for the people of St. Pete; a place for learning and play. A place that is self sustaining. How does one have a pier experience without actually being on a pier?"
"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"
- Frank Scully
From the beginning, the pier has been a bridge: a bridge to prosperity for its owners, first the Orange Belt Railroad and then the City of St. Pete and its residents.Prosperity means different things to different people. For some people, it means being able to live in an area that has a lot of fun and interesting places to eat and shop. And if that area is along the water, so much the better. For other people, having a plenitude of opportunities to make a living, or an environment that is conducive to opening a new business is important. The Crescent is more than just a mall on water, it is a park. Almost eight of the twenty-two acres of land on the peninsula will be park land such as picnic areas, amphitheater, and promenade, and all lushly landscaped with indigenous species of palms, ground cover, flowering shrubs and vines.