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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 3 — The Pier

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most profound issues. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 3 — The Pier Few things in St. Petersburg have caused as much consternation as The Pier. The dilemma over the future of the city landmark seemed to go dormant in…

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City of St. Pete email quietly calls for Pier peace

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration is getting out ahead of an expected vote Thursday. City Council will hear a staff presentation regarding the Pier Selection Committee’s final ranking in which Pier Park came out on top. “We established a pier process that citizens on every side of this issue agreed would result in a fair and objective decision,” Kriseman wrote in a statement emailed to residents subscribed to citywide email updates. “I am proud that we have stayed true…

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Pier Park comes out on top for St. Pete’s new Pier

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In a meeting that almost went into the next day, the Pier Selection Committee has finally chosen a top pick for a new St. Pete Pier. After hours of hearing from design teams and the public and another several hours of debate, Pier Park has nabbed victory from the jaws of defeat. With all but one member of the six-member committee, the public’s number two pick will now face City Council on May 7 for an up or down vote.…

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Pier Selection Committee Q&A with Pier design teams wraps up, lengthy public comment on deck

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The Pier Selection Committee has now heard from all three remaining design teams for a new St. Pete Pier. The teams were asked to answer a number of questions specific to each design ranging from transportation to bathrooms. Pier Selection Committee chair Mike Connors asked that names be drawn out of a hat to choose the order. A member of the public wearing a hat did the honors of choosing the order. After choosing Destination St. Pete Pier, Alma and…

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Pier Selection Committee: How they voted the last time

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With just hours to go until the Pier Selection Committee issues its final ranking of three design concepts, here’s a rundown of how they voted last time. During the marathon 12-hour meeting last month, the Pier Selection Committee seemed poised to rank Alma as its top pick out of three designs also including Pier Park and Destination St. Pete Pier. Since that meeting, members of the public have sounded a booming objection to that choice, noting that Alma was not…

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Young business leaders emerge with late-hour Pier Park support

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In response to former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker’s op-ed supporting the Destination St. Pete Pier design, a group of young professionals has emerged to offer a new dissenting voice. “The way that this debate has transpired in my eyes, is it really comes down to the old generation of St. Pete verses the new generation of St. Pete,” said David Vega, a technology manager for Wells Fargo. According to the group of six men, all young leaders in the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.23.15 — Pier politics returns

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Today is the latest big day for enthusiasts and others regarding the Pier in St. Petersburg, as the design teams for the three finalists will put their best foot forward to attempt to impress the selection panel charged with choosing a team to present to the City Council. It’s between the designs known as Alma, Destination St. Pete Pier and Pier Park. You might recall the last time this selection committee got together. That resulted in a 12-hour marathon meeting…

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