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Ready or not, a Pier selection is coming

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Thursday afternoon begins what will likely be another long meeting for the Pier Selection Committee. Beginning at 3 p.m. at City Hall, the committee will hear from each of the three design teams answering questions regarding their respective designs. Following the 12-hour meeting last month, committee members each sent a series of questions to design teams seeking clarification on particular design elements. The St. Pete Design Group will answer questions about transportation on its Destination St. Pete Pier concept. There are…

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Former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker breaks the silence on Pier debate; endorses Destination St. Pete Pier

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Former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker has now broken his silence on the pending Pier debate. Baker, in a column submitted exclusively to SaintPetersblog, has overwhelmingly endorsed the St. Pete Design Group’s Destination St. Pete Pier as his preferred design. It’s no wonder Baker opted out of sending his column to the Tampa Bay Times after that paper has issued two scathing editorials painting Destination St. Pete Pier or any attempt to reinvent the inverted pyramid as the red-headed stepchild…

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Email Insights: Pier process still muddled in mixed messaging

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Two days ahead of the Pier Selection Committee’s meeting where they are expected to issue a final ranking of three Pier designs, the city is making sure the public knows their input has been weighed. In an email sent to those who subscribe for Pier updates, the city recapped what will happen this week. The committee will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday to hear presentations from the three design team finalists who will answer questions sent to them by the…

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St. Pete Pier survey data shows slight growth in “Build a damn Pier” mentality

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Polls can tell a lot about elections and public perception of various topics. Or they can muddy the water. Sometimes, even, they can shape the conversation. When a candidate polls well, supporters are likely to share that information. When their candidate polls poorly, the data tends to get buried. That trend shows how valuable polling can be. But the city is ignoring key data provided by one outside company about the public’s perception of three designs for a new St.…

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New poll shows trouble ahead if St. Pete decision makers reject “Destination St. Pete Pier”

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A new St. Pete Polls survey released overnight shows that if St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s Pier Selection Committee does not choose the most popular pier design from a recent survey conducted by the city, the City Council should reject that choice. When asked directly if the selection committee opts not to choose the Destination St. Pete Pier design, should the Council reject that decision? 48.3 percent of St. Pete residents agree with that statement. 36 percent disagree, and 16 percent are unsure.…

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Latest development in Pier saga may give City Council more power

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St. Pete City Council has a whole lot more authority in the Pier selection process than originally thought – and certainly more than the Kriseman administration wants them to have. It turns out, City Council CAN hijack the selection process. But it’s a little complicated. Here’s the back story. In a letter to the Pier Selection Committee, City Council and the mayor last month, St. Pete resident and Pier activist Bill Ballard asserted City Council could reject whatever ranking is…

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Times reporter fails to mention letter from top Pier activist

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One of the fiercest critics of the Pier process wrote Tampa Bay Times Pier reporter Waveney Ann Moore a passionate (and rather long-winded) letter late last month laying down the argument that the Kriseman administration has flopped on its handling of the process. Tom Lambdon is with the group Vote on the Pier. He headed a petition effort to kill the Lens in 2013 and is now spearheading another to force development decisions on St. Pete’s downtown waterfront to be…

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