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Mike Connors’ emails lack anti-Destination St. Pete Pier banter

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From erectile dysfunction to belly fat cures, St. Pete Public Works Administrator Mike Connors gets a lot of junk mail. What he hasn’t gotten are very many emails from people concerned about the Pier. In a trove of emails from March 9 until the present, there are only a handful of emails from members of the public concerned about what happens with the city’s most iconic waterfront structure. Even more telling, the head of the Pier selection committee only replied…

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City councilmember’s vote on new St. Pete’s Pier left out of city data

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Update: SaintPetersblog has identified the discrepancy with Darden Rice’s vote in the Pier survey. Rice’s vote was filed with the city as unverified because she provided her current home address. The Supervisor of Elections database had not been updated with that address and instead listed Rice’s address as a previous residence. Rice said it was an oversight on her part and has updated her address with the SOE’s office. SaintPetersblog is working to find out how Rice’s vote – and…

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Rick Kriseman sends conflicting messages on the Pier

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The Tampa Bay Times is reporting St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will urge City Council to stick to the process regarding slow-moving plans to choose a design for a new Pier. In the report, Kriseman’s director of communications, Ben Kirby, tells the Times “Kriseman will remind council members of the inclusive process he established, emphasizing the public input that began with the pier working group that established what citizens want at the attraction.” In other words, what public survey? Kriseman…

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Long shot or not, Blue Pier supporters aren’t backing down

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Beautiful weather over Easter weekend paired with the finally scheduled Pier Selection Committee meeting to assign rankings to the three remaining designs has created something of a media lull in the looming Pier debate. While the silence could signal acceptance or even fatigue over the long-awaited replacement of downtown’s current Pier, the debate is anything but dead. One group continues to build momentum. Supporters of the Blue Pier are plowing forward with their push to have the selection committee re-evaluate…

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Pier Selection Committee sets a date for final Pier ranking

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The Pier Selection Committee will meet Thursday April 23 at 2 p.m. to discuss and rank the final three pier designs. The meeting will be held at City Hall in City Council chambers. The meeting follows a previous one earlier this month in which members of the committee failed to agree to a final ranking of three remaining designs — Alma, Destination St. Pete Pier and Pier Park despite 12 hours of debate and public comment. By the end of…

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There’s a third design in the Pier debate no one seems to be talking about – meet Pier Park

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Through all of the debate surrounding the Pier, there’s one team missing from the conversation. “We received the most first-place votes by the selection committee,” said Ken Cowart, the local architect for ASD Architects, the team behind the design Pier Park. During its 12-hour meeting on March 20, the Pier Selection Committee took a straw vote of four designs – the Pier Park, Alma, Destination St. Pete Pier and Prospect Pier. While that straw vote didn’t put Pier Park in…

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Rick Kriseman op-ed calls for Pier selection critics to embrace the process

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman has an op-ed in today’s Tampa Bay Times asking St. Pete residents to respect the Pier process. In his op-ed, Kriseman touts a process that was born out of public participation by groups on all sides of the issue. The long process of getting back to the drawing board in the wake of the Lens defeat began with Kriseman’s Pier working group. It charted a path filled with expert buy-in combined with public participation. That…

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