The last few days I have been watching the demise of the Redington Long Pier. I am saddened and disappointed that the state of Florida, Pinellas County, or a coalition of the local beach towns could not or would not try to restore and save this iconic landmark.

The removal of the pier is another example that "Rustic Old Florida" is an aging condominium complex with a thatched roof Tiki Bar.

Leo MacSweeney, North Redington Beach