What should we do with the St. Petersburg Pier?
A simple question has grown into one of the city’s most divisive controversies, bringing out passionate and vocal advocates for both sides. The conflict has become so contentious over the future of the iconic inverted pyramid that some observers have trouble agreeing on even basic facts.
As the Aug. 27 citywide referendum approaches, it’s clear St. Pete sits at a junction.
At the heart of the issue is the Michael Maltzan-designed Lens. Most public polling shows a majority of registered voters want to cancel Maltzan’s contact, putting an end to the increasingly unpopular abstract look of The Lens.
Although each side has devoted a lot of energy in public meetings, informational gatherings, social media and other forums, there has not been a single public debate with both sides on one stage.
On Sunday, that will end.
Nine days before voters have their say — Sunday, Aug. 18 — CBS Radio’s The Current will provide the only face-to-face debate between The Lens supporters and opponents.
Stop the Lens promoters Bud Risser and Bill Ballard from the Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg will face off with Lens proponents Lisa Wannemacher of the Citizens for the St. Pete Pier and City Councilmember Jeff Danner.
The Current is Tampa Bay’s news and public affairs talk show hosted by Franco Ripple, and airs each weekend on five CBS Radio stations:
- WHFS 98.7 FM: Sunday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
- WHFS 1010 AM: Sunday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
- WLLD 94.1 FM: Sunday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
- WRBQ 104.7 FM: Sunday 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
- WHFS HD2: Sunday 9:00-10:00 a.m. (HD Radio)
- WQYK HD2: Sunday 10:00-11:00 p.m. (HD Radio)
- WQYK 99.5 FM: Sunday 11:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Hear the entire debate Monday, Aug. 19 on the CBS Tampa Bay page.