We've limited out from land a few times and filled the box without limiting out even more often.
I like fishing from land. It's more relaxing, easier on my back, allows for more people to fish together. My children like it too because they can spread out, hang out, and explore a bit more or visit with people.
On an average day, we don't catch as much from land as in the boat, but we learn more and make more friends. It's not always about the most fish. Sometimes it's about socializing. And that's OK.
I'll also mention that if you prefer to throw back a few beers, everyone is better off if you do it from land than if you're driving a boat.
Some of the piers in Pensacola get real full like that sometimes, and I find it can be very enjoyable. Definitely not the optimal fishing experience when it is that crowded, but it can be a great social experience with some decent fishing too.