The historic and friendly fishing Merry Pier was named after Captain Kenneth B. Merry who was a resident of Pass-a-Grille for 83 years. Since 1902, the pier has been an important area of Pass-a-Grille. The Merry Family opened a general store on the end of the dock that Captain Merry and his wife built at the end of 8th Avenue. This was the first store on the Gulf Beaches that sold bait, tools, and had rented boats. Now, Merry Pier is owned by the City of St. Pete Beach and operated by Merry Pier Partners, LLC.
Today the pier is a popular fishing spot for locals and most specially by visitors of St. Pete Beach. There are no fees to fish but fishing license is required. Otherwise, the dock is a great place to hang out as you watch variety of birds and marine life that visit the city.
Aside from the pier, a fresh fish market was added. The market has fresh fish and shellfish caught from the Gulf of Mexico. You can also ask their staff to fillet the fish.
On the other hand, the store provides a fitting stop for drinks, snacks, and souvenir items. There are live and frozen bait available, tackle, picnic supplies, and beer. If you are up for it, there are also bike and rod rentals.
Finally, boat charters for half-day trips are also available at Merry Pier: Miss Pass-a-Grille Deep Fishing, Shell Key Shuttle and Sunset Cruises, and Offshore Hustler Fishing Charters.
- 801 Pass a Grille Way
St. Pete Beach, FL