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Pier demolishers in hot water over unpaid bills

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The company undertaking controversial demolition of downtown St. Pete’s iconic inverted pyramid is being sued. The company Staff Zone argues in lawsuit documents that Sonny Glasbrenner owes it more than $150,000 for a tab the company racked up for temporary staff. Sonny Glasbrenner submitted a credit application to Staff Zone in June, just before St. Pete City Council approved the company’s $3.16 million bid to oversee demolition of the Pier. According to lawsuit documents, the debt was incurred through October.…

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Pier Park design is working out growing pains

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Pier Park is still Pier Park. That’s according to the architects building it and the city staff working with them. But that doesn’t mean preliminary plans on how to accomplish building the design are still exactly the same as they were when the public first heard about it. And guess what — that’s OK. During a workshop Thursday morning, designers with Rogers Partners and ASD architecture firms met with St. Pete City Council to go over progress on fine tuning…

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Rick Kriseman’s list of woes continues to grow

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He’s not up for re-election until 2017, but already the cards are stacking up against St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. The same mayor who always shows up in public with a beaming smile touting his Sunshine City also seems to have a dark cloud following him around. No matter how much good Kriseman accomplishes, he always seems to be moments away from damage control. Since taking office in 2013 Kriseman has faced mounting criticism for failing to garner enough support…

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Pier demolition reveals gloomy construction guts

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So, we all knew it was coming. The city told us it would take six weeks for the St. Pete Pier to be erased from the downtown skyline. We’re now winding up week three of demolition of the actual structure and yet, somehow, it’s still shocking. Images of the Pier, what remains of it anyway, Friday afternoon are shocking. It’s not even “wow” shocking, it’s “holy sh*t” shocking. The entire southwest corner of the Pier is gone. The northwest corner…

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Pier Park opponents: Rick Kriseman = Rick Scott

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Opponents of St. Pete Mayor’s Rick Kriseman’s continued push to build Pier Park is continuing to annoy their lot. The Facebook page for the group Voteonthepier.com, backing a referendum effort that would require voter approval for any construction or demolition projects on city-owned waterfront property, is accusing Kriseman of being just like Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Mayor Kriseman’s lack of transparency mirrors Governor Rick Scott,” the post read. “Mayor Kriseman’s also hired political cronies just like Governor Rick Scott. Mayor…

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As the actual Pier is reduced to rubble, a new wall mural plays on fond memories

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Day three of external demolition of the inverted pyramid is winding down and already the front of the building looks like it was hit with a bomb. Crews stopped work on excavating the southern half of the front of the building Wednesday and began ripping through the side to the north of the elevator shaft. Internal guts of the 1973 structure are on display to those taking a trip to peak through fences at demolition progress or on a 24/7…

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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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