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W-Architecture chosen for $20 million Pier uplands project

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After an all day meeting of presentations and debate, a selection committee has chosen W-Architecture to design and facilitate construction of the $20 million Pier uplands projects set to align the new Pier Park with downtown along Beach and Bayshore Drives. W-Architecture called the project the city’s “extraordinary centerpiece.” “The spirit of the waterfront is one of inclusion, and we are committed to honoring this idea in the design process as well as in the final form. We will build…

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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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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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Blue Pier supporters produce their own song

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Supporters of the ill-fated Blue Pier design aren’t backing down. The group has produced a rap song set to an addicting electronic beat. “Six years old, story begins, concrete jungle I lived in,” the song starts off. The beat sounds like it could be used for a 1-800-ASK-GARY ditty. The lyrics play on a working-class, “a park for everyone” sort of mentality. They paint the city’s current trajectory, seemingly the Alma, as a destination for the masses, not the wealthy…

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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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The Suncoast Sierra Club doesn’t exactly endorse Blue Pier, but they kind of do

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The Suncoast Sierra Club isn’t specifically endorsing a Pier design, but they are fingering one as the best example of sustainability. In a letter to the Pier Selection Committee Wednesday, the Sierra Club’s executive committee calls for a design that “maximizes the potential for Florida-friendly green space and ecological restoration. They argue such a design could help mitigate environmental woes from sea-level rise to water quality and loss of habitat while also creating “a lasting destination for residents and visitors.”…

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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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