Poll: Less than a third of St. Pete wants 'The Lens'

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If a lawsuit and a second petition drive againstMichael Maltzan’s “Lens” were not enough proof that St. Pete does not like the design slated to replace the St. Petersburg Pier, a new poll also shows minimal public support.

According to the latest results from StPetePolls, only 30 percent of the 1,916 survey respondents think the “Lens” pier should be built. More than 55 percent do not think it should be built while 14 percent are unsure.

On Dec. 6, city council voted 7-1 to approve the next phase of funding for the design. While it approved the design, council did put in road blocks for future funding sources so each step will have to be passed by council in increments.

Council did this in case ‘Stop the Lens’ is successful in its petition drive, so it could halt the “Lens” construction process.

According to StPetePolls, there is something else the public wishes to halt — red light cameras. Nearly 54 percent respondents told StPetePolls that they do not think it was a good thing for the city to install the cameras.

Thursday, council will hear an official report on the first year results of the red light camera program. City staff, despite overall crashes being up at intersections with red light cameras, is recommending nine additional red light cameras in St. Pete.

StPetePolls conducted its scientific survey on Dec. 17 among registered voters within St. Petersburg.

Via William Mansell of Patch.

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