'Stop The Lens' group releases anti-Lens video

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Just weeks after promotional videos supporting the “Lens” were released, a local group looking to stop the lens has released a promotion video of its own.

In the video shown here, local business owners and activists associated with the group “Stop the Lens” speak out against the Michael Maltzan design. The “Lens” is the pier design slated to replace the existing St. Petersburg Pier

Stop the Lens posted the video Sunday night, along with the message: “You think the pitchman Sully knows how to make some media stuff? Concerned Citizens is on the move.”

The group was referring to TV pitchman, St. Petersburg resident and “Lens” supporter Anthony Sullivan. Earlier this year Sullivan created a group, “WOW Our Waterfront St. Pete” to support the “Lens”.

Sullivan said earlier this year that “Lens” supporters need to speak up because their voices were being drowned out by those opposing the project.

“If you like the ‘Lens’ speak up,” Sullivan said. “Don’t let it be steamrolled over. People seem to think I’m anti-democracy. I would just like people who like of the idea of the ‘Lens’ to come out, speak up and get into conservation.”

Material from William Mansell of Patch was used in this post.

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