The iconic poles at St Clair beach are what remains of the pier that was installed in the early 1900s. The several piers were designed to trap sand and protect the crumbling sand dunes from big waves and wind. While they’ve stood the test of time, in recent years they’ve taken a battering. This image was taken in 2012. Seven years later in 2019 there’s only seven poles barely hanging in there. One day soon they’ll all be gone.