Bill Foster draws line in the sand about Vote-on-the-Pier petition gathering

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St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has drawn the line in the sand for voteonthepier.com supporters—a group that has collected over 14,000 petitions to have a public vote to help save the St. Petersburg Pier in its full inverted pyramid style. By June 11th, Foster says the group must submit the nearly 16,000 petitions necessary to have the vote included on the November 6th ballot.

The June 11 date was determined by working backwards, said Foster. It includes the time needed for the petitions to be processed and for the City Council to consider an ordinance to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

The Tampa Bay Times reports: “Foster’s decision to pressure voteonthepier.com appears to be part of a two-pronged strategy that includes a broad campaign to build support for the new Pier. Speaking at a meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, Foster expressed concern about ‘the lack of facts’ surrounding the need to replace the current Pier. He talked about a website the city is about to launch and of upcoming sessions to get public input about how the new Pier should be developed. He handed out a brochure entitled, ‘Get the Facts!’”

“It’s a deadline for this election,” said Tom Lambdon, the Safety Harbor man spearheading voeonthepier.com. “It doesn’t in any way affect our dedicated effort to get this petition drive successfully over the finish line in the next couple of months. We are auditing every single petition before we submit them to the clerk and supervisor of elections. It’s such an important issue to us that we are leaving zero room for mistakes.”

Via Daphne Street.  You may reach Daphne at dts.streetmedia@gmail.com.

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