The press conference, which is open to the public, is at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in Spa Beach Park, 615 2nd Ave. NE, at the St. Pete waterfront.
It has been nearly a year since May 31, when former Mayor Bill Foster shuttered the approach to the Pier as the first step in an expected demolition process. However, the city’s plan for the Pier’s replacement – the abstract Lens project — fell through when it was voted down in an August referendum. Many people blamed Foster’s closing the landmark prematurely for his ouster as mayor last November.
During the campaign, Kriseman vowed the city could have a replacement built by the end of 2015. Several members of his administration are a bit more cautious, calling for submission of new proposals beginning in March 2015, with a possible reopening sometime in 2017.
In his inauguration speech in January, Kriseman promised he would “begin the process of removing that unfriendly fence,” allowing the pedestrians to “walk, run and fish” off the landing around the inverted pyramid. Almost immediately, the fence that had been closing off the Pier came down and replaced with signs saying, “Pedestrian access only, Pier building closed.”