Now, could 2013 be the 'year of the pier'? Steps are finally being taken to rescue two of Wales' most iconic ones - Penarth and Colwyn Bay.
Work has already started in Penarth, with plans to re-open before the end of this year.
Meanwhile the pressure group trying to secure Colwyn Bay pier's future are set to re-submit their bid for lottery funding, and have held an exhibition, showing locals exactly what the plans for the revamped pier will look like. From there, Ian Lang reports.