Pier lens project, city budget forums offer opportunities for public comment

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The public will have more opportunities this week to share what’s on their mind regarding two important issues facing the city of St. Petersburg – the Lens Pier project and the FY13 city budget.

On Tuesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 14, the public is invited to share ideas on how to further refine the Lens Pier Project. Tomorrow night’s meeting will be held at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., while the J.W. Cate Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N., will host the meeting on Thursday.  Both meetings begin at 6 p.m.

A fourth meeting to submit public input on the design and construction of the new St. Petersburg Pier will be held June 19 at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S., at 6 p.m. For those unable to attend one of these Pier meetings, visit www.TheNewStPetePier.com. There is an opportunity to provide input via an e-mail link on the site.

On Wednesday, Mayor Foster and City Council will hold the final public budget forum to hear suggestions on ways to balance the FY13 city budget. The budget forum will take place at the Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd St. S. at 6 p.m.  The city anticipates a $13 million shortfall in next year’s spending plan. Mayor Foster is expected to deliver his budget proposal to Council in early July.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.