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St. Petersburg plans major overhaul to city marina

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City officials are looking for residents to provide ideas for updating the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. They’re holding a public session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. “We’re taking the first baby step,” project manager Rick Hermann said. “We’re at the very beginning of this.” The docks at the marina were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are starting to show their age, Hermann said. Also, the demand for docks…

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High wind advisory moves Rick Kriseman’s State of the City to Palladium

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The sun won’t be shining on St. Pete City Hall on Saturday for the Mayor’s State of the City address. St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin recently praised her boss, Mayor Rick Kriseman, for waiting until the last minute the day of his inauguration to decide whether or not to move his event inside. Ultimately the sun came out for Kriseman, whose city slogan involves lots of sunny rays and includes modern versions of songs all things sunshine. Well, he’s…

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St. Pete City Council approves W-Architecture as top-ranked team to develop $20 million Pier uplands

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St. Pete City Council approved the final ranking of design teams bidding to undertake the city’s Pier approach project. W-Architecture tops that list and can now enter into negotiations for the $20 million project. The uplands project is part of the city’s Comprehensive Waterfront Master Plan approved earlier this year. It’s expected to serve as a grand entryway to the Pier connecting the Pier Park design to downtown’s Bayshore and Beach Boulevards. The team, which includes Destination St. Pete Pier…

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Six teams vying for Pier approach project

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Six design teams have filed paperwork with the city to build features of the downtown waterfront and Pier uplands that would complement Pier Park, including the design team chosen to build the new Pier. ASD, Rogers Partners and Ken Smith Landscape Architect are hoping to add the $20 million Pier approach project to their already sealed $37 million Pier Park project. In an interview earlier this month, architects with the Tampa-based ASD firm said they were vying for the chance…

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Two restaurants planned for St. Pete Pier uplands one step away from funding

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St. Pete City Council moved a funding mechanism during a meeting Thursday that could eventually allow the city to use $20 million from the downtown tax incremental funding district to develop the uplands area of the St. Pete Pier. The plan includes two restaurant locations that would later be leased out to restaurants to operate near the St. Pete Museum of History and the Pelican Parking Lot overlooking Albert Whitted Airport. Though the ideas are still in their infancy, St.…

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Downtown waterfront master plan should include all parks, not just Pier Uplands

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St. Pete City Council approved a motion asking staff to include all of the parks in funding for the downtown waterfront master plan. Phil Graham, president of the Waterfront Parks Foundation, presented ideas on how to use a proposed $20 million in funding associated with the plan throughout the downtown parks system. Graham showed photos of various utility infrastructure placed in areas where they degrade aesthetics. Some examples include the blue back flow preventers that appear frequently in locations throughout…

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approves downtown waterfront master plan

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approved a revised downtown waterfront master plan. Following a short presentation addressing earlier concerns with the plan Thursday, council members each agreed the plan had been revised to alleviate concerns expressed by the public. The approved plan does not include a downtown convention center or hotel. The downtown waterfront master plan seemed to be moving along without much contention until word of a private hotel and convention center near the Mahaffey Theater prompted members of…

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