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Rick Kriseman comments on Pier ‘vitriol’ on local Internet radio show

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman sat down with local musician and  Mark Etherington to discuss all things Sunshine City during a guest segment on St. Pete Radio’s Homemade Broadcast. That conversation included the controversial Pier demolition. Crews began dismantling the Pier piece by piece Monday afternoon with a giant excavator. The inverted pyramid is expected to be completely erased from the downtown skyline within six weeks, with total demolition of the Pier head and approach done by February. While some are continuing to…

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Pier demolition becomes more obvious as giant excavator chews through concrete

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The St. Pete Pier has its first obvious blemish on the exterior of the inverted pyramid. A giant, orange excavator set up at the Pier head began chewing through concrete on the top floor of the building next to the elevator shaft at about 12:30 Monday afternoon. The excavator — so big it had to be assembled on-site — reached into the air from a controller on the ground, biting at bits of construction through metal jaws that can crush…

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St. Pete’s Squaremouth company is hosting a live feed of Pier demolition and construction

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A St. Petersburg-based travel insurance company has installed a camera to document demolition of the Pier. Squaremouth is hosting a 24/7 live feed of the Pier where residents or anyone interested in seeing the Pier’s real-time state can view the structure. Demolition of the actual structure is expected to start Monday. To this point, the Pier demolition has mostly just included the interior of the inverted pyramid while the structure remains relatively in tact. “Changes are happening in St. Petersburg,…

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Time lapse video of demolition shows minimal changes to the Pier

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The City of St. Pete released a time-lapsed video of Pier demolition occurring between August 28 through September 4. In what would have been a slap in the face to activists who have long fought to preserve the inverted pyramid, the one-week progress shows … absolutely nothing. A side-by-side comparison doesn’t show any substantive changes between the beginning of the time lapse and the end. See for yourself. Here is a screen shot of the Pier when the time lapse…

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St. Pete City Council moves $20 million Pier Uplands plan to final vote

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St. Pete City Council members, acting as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, unanimously approved a $20 million plan to develop the Pier uplands in coordination with the Pier Park project. The plan is part of the newly approved Downtown Waterfront Master Plan. The proposed $20 million from an unexpected excess of revenue in the Intown Redevelopment Area would fund a grand entry way to the Pier, two restaurant shells on the uplands, an arts promenade, event space for a market…

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Pier Park is coming — meet its creators

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Now that the St. Petersburg Pier is officially being toppled – cranes and heavy machinery eat away at the inverted pyramid a little more each day – it’s about time to start looking a little further into the team working to replace it. The groups involved include New York-based Rogers Partners Architects, the Tampa-based architectural firm ASD, Ken Smith Landscape Architecture and St. Pete’s Booth’s Design Group. The team was assembled by ASD to include a combination of big-name, nationally…

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Pier Park critics’ points are a stretch at best

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Don’t be fooled by misinformation being shared by Pier Park critics. Over the past several hours, numerous posts have appeared on the Vote on the Pier Facebook page that contain incorrect, misleading or overly dramatized postulations. A post Wednesday night asks, “who is the lead on the Pier Park design?” The post points out that ASD, the local architecture firm working on the project, is a “progressive interior design” firm and the larger firm, Rogers Partners, is not local. That’s mostly…

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