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New poll on St. Pete Pier finds strong support for ‘Destination St. Pete Pier’

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A new St. Pete Polls survey finds that “Destination St. Pete Pier,” is the popular favorite among the citizenry, matching up with the same results that the St. Pete Design Group found earlier this month.

The survey was released Friday morning, at exactly the same time that the Pier Selection Committee was meeting to rank its top choices among the seven design teams and concepts. The designs will be ranked in a first-, second-, third-place order.

The St. Pete Poll survey was conducted by a web-based email polling system. The survey contained four pictures from each pier design team as well as a 3- to 5-minute video of each design presentation.

Destination St. Pete Pier was the clear favorite, with 62 percent supporting it, 25 percent disapproving, and 12 percent with no opinion on it.

The next choice was Pier Park, which received 46-38 percent support, with 16 percent unsure.

No other pier selection received a favorable rating.

Interestingly, “Destination St. Pete Pier” is the only choice that resembles the current inverted pyramid.

As reported earlier this month by Florida Politics Janelle Irwin, It would include five different dining opportunities, including an air-conditioned rooftop restaurant, an outdoor café at Spa Beach and an ice cream shop at the Pier head. There would be two lanes dedicated to trams, emergency vehicles, service trucks and general automobile access for the public. It would also provide sidewalks for pedestrians and bicycles and plenty of shade.

The remaining five choices were all underwater in terms of their popularity: Blue Pier 39-45 percent; re-Pier 35-46 percent; Discover Bay Life 29-51 percent; Prospect Pier 26-60 percent; Alma 21-63.

The city’s official non-binding survey was considered a disappointment by the fact that less than 17,000 people cast votes, and of those, just under 10,000 were verified St. Pete residents.

The St. Pete Poll survey contacted 610 city of St. Pete registered voters on March 18 and March 19. It has a 4.0 percent Margin of Error at a 95 percent confidence level.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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