Why not this for the St. Petersburg Pier?

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A longtime reader offers this suggestion for what it to become of the St. Petersburg Pier:

“Saw your post about the third, fourth, twelfth, (I’ve lost count) redoing of the Pier with an emphasis on maintaining a St. Pete personality. I know it’s not new, but that Pier is perfect to imitate San Francisco’s Pier 39.  

“I couldn’t find a good, real-time image, but this rendering offers some ideas. Imagine redesigning the Pier similar to this, while moving the farmers’ market to the Pier, adding a carousel at the approach for Ella and other kids to ride.  … Something like that, with modern updates to compliment the Dali Museum and other features of downtown, would be awesome.” 

I agree with this reader, not just about Pier 39, but the philosophical approach necessary for designing the new Pier: Less is more. Let the bustling’ city fill in the blanks, rather than over programming it.

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.