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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 3 — The Pier

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most profound issues. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 3 — The Pier Few things in St. Petersburg have caused as much consternation as The Pier. The dilemma over the future of the city landmark seemed to go dormant in…

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Pier Park opposition amps up social media voice

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The group VoteOnThePier has given little indication of where they’re at in a petition drive seeking to require a voter referendum for any major construction or demolition projects on downtown waterfront. But an uptick in activity on the group’s Facebook page indicates the fight is far from over. The May 13 post displayed a photo with St. Pete Public Works Administrator and the Pier Selection Committee chair dressed as a king sitting on a throne with a link to an…

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Love it or hate it, the Pier has been quite the muse

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Saintpetersblog reported earlier this month on two oddly familiar pieces of artwork. One, drawn more than 30 years ago, showed the Pier first with a tornado touching down on its rooftop and then, in another, with an alien space craft above it. More recently, pro-Destination St. Pete Pier groups and supporters have been posting a graphic depicting the Pier as some sort of robotic creature with long legs shooting lasers at visitors. As this reporter pointed out in previous reports, that…

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Did you know the Pier was the source of a viral UFO conspiracy?

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The St. Pete Pier is the main theme of an international Internet sensation called “Box of Crazy.” And to non-UFO chasers and conspiracy theorists, it is, indeed, pretty darn crazy. A man allegedly found a worn and tired box sitting next to a dumpster in Ashville, N.C., in 2008. Inside were a series of interesting drawings of maps, mythical beings and, yes, the inverted pyramid. The contents of the box were later uploaded to the popular news-sharing site Reddit, where…

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Wengay Newton’s Facebook posts may be crossing a line

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Last week, St. Pete City Council member Wengay Newton came under fire for posting a constituent’s personal information on Facebook, including his name, address, phone number and email address. Matt Sardo sent the email to Newton during the St. Pete City Council meeting in which all but Newton voted to move Pier Park forward as the top-ranked design for a new Pier. “If you delay the pier and move it to a vote, I will do everything in my power…

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Inverted Pyramid lovers: You’re doing it wrong

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Everyone knew there was going to be backlash when St. Pete City Council voted to uphold the Pier Selection Committee’s final ranking of Pier Park as its top pick. Threats from those trying desperately to save the inverted pyramid rolled in as soon as it seemed likely the committee was going to vote to demolish their precious waterfront icon. A petition drive started almost instantly seeking to ask voters whether or not the city should have to get their permission…

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City Council approves Pier Park for new St. Pete Pier

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Pier Park is one step closer to becoming the new St. Pete Pier. After hours of public comment and debate, St. Pete City Council approved the Pier Selection Committee’s final ranking, giving Mayor Rick Kriseman authorization to begin negotiations with the Pier Park design team. The ranking was approved 7-1 with only council member Wengay Newton dissenting. The vote leaves Destination St. Pete Pier and all of its disappointed supporters on deck. Should negotiations for the $33 million construction budget…

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