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ICYMI: Rick Kriseman delivers new St. Pete Pier update

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This year isn’t expected to be a very exciting one for St. Pete’s new Pier. That’s according to Mayor Rick Kriseman, who, in a video released Friday, thanked residents and visitors for their patience while plans continue to unfold. He described a process for 2016 full of red tape and behind the scenes bore that will likely leave residents wondering what in the world is going on. The inverted pyramid is razed and from an onlooker’s perspective, not much is…

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Meet the Pier Park design team: ASD Architects’ John Curran

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The city has released its second “Meet the Design Team” Pier Park bio, this time highlighting John Curran of ASD Architecture in Tampa. Curran is a studio leader at that firm and has worked on various projects around Tampa Bay including the Glaser Children’s Museum and the Florida Aquarium’s Rising Tides exhibit. He also worked on the Highland Recreation Complex in Largo. Curran will serve as the day-to-day contact with the city as Pier Park continues its path to completion.…

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St. Pete gasp moment: Pier Park critics just gave kudos to the city

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After months of writing about all the criticism thrust at St. Pete officials regarding the Pier, the unthinkable has finally happened. The resoundingly critical “WOW the Lens SUCKS” Facebook page finally has some praise. “Update. After checking Squaremouth’s Pier cams, they now have an FAA approved light on the remaining core column. Kudos!” It’s perhaps the first time commenters on that site have had anything nice to say at all about the city and its Pier and represents what hopefully…

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No bids for Pier Park restaurant brings more Pier Park criticism

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A bidding process for a restaurant located in the Pier Park design yielded not a single interested party. Not a single restaurateur submitted a request for proposal by Thursday’s 1 p.m. deadline. The Tampa Bay Times reports the city is downplaying the lack of initial interest. “It’s early,” St. Pete director of development coordination Chris Ballestra told the Times. “This would go in a project that won’t open until 2018.” He said he wasn’t surprised the two planned spaces failed to draw interest right…

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Meet the Pier Park team: Rob Rogers

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Architects working on the Pier Park concept are fine-tuning plans in preparation to present a final design to City Council and the public in January. In the meantime, the PR firm hired to provide communications services for the design team is making sure those in the process know who’s behind the future of St. Pete’s Pier. In the first of several weekly videos highlighting members of the Pier Park design team, lead architect Rob Rogers of the New York firm Rogers Partners explains why…

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St. Pete to auction off 88-year-old Pier bait house

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St. Pete hopes to auction off the 1926 Pier bait house to the highest bidder. In an announcement posted Friday, the city says a “buyer will be responsible for removal and all regulatory approvals and permits for moving the building, and relocation to a new site with a licensed mover.” According to the city’s announcement, it will accept bids via email until midnight Nov. 11. No minimum bid has been set. Removal would be scheduled with the city once all…

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Yes, that is Styrofoam floating along the downtown seawall

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A turbidity barrier aimed at keeping debris from floating into Tampa Bay and the basins lining St. Pete’s downtown waterfront broke last week leading to chunks of Styrofoam cluttering various areas around the city’s otherwise pristine waterfront. Taking a stroll along the waterfront Tuesday afternoon showed tiny bits of Styrofoam gathering in large clusters near the St. Petersburg Yacht Club basin. Another smaller cluster gathered along the seawall near the Dali Museum. At Spa Beach, the debris was mixed in…

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