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St. Pete Polls wasn’t allowed to show its Pier survey and it’s not clear why

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During Friday’s marathon meeting in which the Pier Selection Committee was supposed to choose final ranking of three designs, but didn’t, one person during public comment was essentially silenced at the podium during his 3-minutes. That person is Leonard Schmiege. He works for St. Pete Polls and was attempting to show results from an independent survey his company conducted that verified the city’s own survey results. St. Pete Polls and Schmiege conducted the poll after questions surfaced about whether or…

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New poll finds only single-digit support for Alma design of St. Pete Pier

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A third poll has confirmed what two others have already shown – residents overwhelmingly favor the Destination St. Pete Pier design over all others. In a new survey commissioned by Florida Politics, St. Pete Polls asks residents which of the three remaining pier designs they favored, Pier Park, Destination St. Pete Pier or the Alma. More than 45 percent chose Destination as their preferred design. What’s more telling in the latest survey though is how few chose Alma. Fewer than…

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Pier supporter Ed Montanari celebrates kicking the Pier can down the Pier road

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The road to a new Pier may have just gotten a little longer. After a 12-hour meeting Friday, the Pier committee kicked the can down the road by postponing its final decision on a design ranking and instead shortlisting three final plans. After a series of straw votes the team had Alfonso Architects’ the Alma ranked at the top of its list followed by Pier Park and then Destination St. Pete. That was a problem. Dozens of people rushed the…

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Pier Selection Committee poised to ignore the public favorite, Destination St. Pete Pier

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Based on preliminary preferences expressed by the six members of the Pier Selection Committee, the group appears poised to approve a design not in the public’s top three choices. Each member of the group took turns ranking the remaining four designs after nearly eight hours of discussion. Those designs include Destination St. Pete, Pier Park, the Alma and Prospect Pier. The committee has officially voted Prospect Pier out of the process at number four. Based on averages of all of…

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New poll on St. Pete Pier finds strong support for ‘Destination St. Pete Pier’

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A new St. Pete Polls survey finds that “Destination St. Pete Pier,” is the popular favorite among the citizenry, matching up with the same results that the St. Pete Design Group found earlier this month. The survey was released Friday morning, at exactly the same time that the Pier Selection Committee was meeting to rank its top choices among the seven design teams and concepts. The designs will be ranked in a first-, second-, third-place order. The St. Pete Poll survey…

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Locally inspired Destination St. Pete Pier emerges as frontrunner for new Pier

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There’s a clear winner among the public for a new St. Pete Pier. With more than 10,000 votes, Destination St. Pete Pier by the St. Pete Design Group has emerged as an early front-runner for a redesigned waterfront icon. The Destination St. Pete Pier redesigns the current inverted pyramid. Among the seven finalists shortlisted to complete the project, the St. Pete Design group’s design closest resembles the current inverted pyramid. In all, nearly 17,000 votes were cast in the non-binding…

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