Named after Captain Kenneth B. Merry who was a resident of Pass-a-Grille for 83 years, the historic and friendly fishing Merry Pier has been a favorite place by locals and visitors alike. Since 1902, when the Merry Family opened a general store on the end of the dock, the pier has been an key area of Pass-a-Grille. Captain Merry and his wife built it at the end of 8th Avenue. The general store was the first 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.
In addition to the pier, there is a fresh fish market. The market has fresh fish and shellfish caught from the Gulf of Mexico. You can also ask their staff to fillet the fish.
Also, the general 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