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Bill Ballard letter to City Council lays out argument for Destination St. Pete Pier

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Bill Ballard, an outspoken advocate for saving St. Pete’s iconic inverted pyramid, has sent another letter to St. Pete City Council urging them to vote down the final ranking of three concepts for a new Pier. In the letter obtained by SaintPetersblog Ballard seeks to lay out the “subversion of the selection process” and includes a variety of videos containing statements supporting his claim. In one of them, three committee members, Mike Meidel, Melanie Lenz and Gary Mitchum, all say the…

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An open letter to anyone who expects a certain kind of reporting about the Pier

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Dear Pier lovers, haters and obfuscators, Earlier this week I wrote about what City Council can and cannot do about whatever final ranking is put before them by the Pier Selection Committee. I quoted a letter sent by Bill Ballard, who headed the group behind the Lens coup in 2013 to members of the Pier Selection Committee, Mayor Rick Kriseman and the St. Pete City Council. I pointed out that in his letter Ballard said City Council could not only…

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No, City Council can’t hijack the pier selection process by voting on an ordinance

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The pier debate has grown loud since the selection committee indicated last week that the design known as Alma may be the group’s top pick to replace the inverted pyramid. That choice would ignore three separate polls showing high support for another design, Destination St. Pete Pier, and very low support for Alma. Destination renovates the current inverted pyramid and adds a series of layered decks surrounding it. Alma builds a narrow tower and replaces the current structure. In the…

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