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Final community forum Tuesday to discuss future of St. Petersburg Pier

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On Tuesday, Febrauary 16, the city will host a community forum to hear from the Pier Advisory Task Force and to gather input on alternatives for a new Pier as the city continues discussion about future possibilities for The Pier and surrounding property. The forum will be held Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at J. W. Cate Center, 5801 22nd Avenue N.W.

With news that St. Petersburg’s Pier approach is deteriorating and will need to be replaced, and that $50 million in tax increment financing is earmarked for Pier redevelopment, St. Petersburg has been embarking on a process to envision a future plan for the Pier over the past several months.

Last year, the community was invited to provide its ideas through workshops and an online survey. Former Mayor Rick Baker and City Council appointed citizens to a Pier Advisory Task Force to further study the issue. Task Force members are evaluating a variety of conceptual ideas for possible new Pier structures, and need your input.

Pier conceptual ideas, and more background information, can be seen on the Task Force’s portion of the city’s Web site at

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