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It’s official: The St. Pete Pier is being demolished

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When the City of St. Petersburg announced demolition was going to begin on the iconic inverted pyramid that’s served as a staple of the downtown waterfront for 40 years, there was a sort of “I’ll believe when I see it” mentality. Fences were up and the call was made, but fences had been up before and an earlier claim to demolish was thwarted when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stepped in and told the city it needed additional permitting. Well…

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City officials: Downtown waterfront petition effort dies by the clock

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Inverted Pyramid preservationists may have lost any hope of thwarting demolition of their beloved icon when pieces of the Pier began being reduced to rubble this week. Now their hopes at avoiding unwanted demolition or construction projects on downtown waterfront have also evaporated. According to St. Pete Communications Director Ben Kirby, the deadline to turn in petitions for a petition effort that would have asked voters whether they should have a say in downtown major waterfront projects passed at 5:00…

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Inverted Pyramid supporters mourn impending Pier demolition on social media

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Inverted Pyramid supporters are taking to social media to express outrage over the looming demolition of the 1973 structure. The overtly anti-Pier Park Facebook page – a holdover from the Lens opposition – called Wow the Lens Sucks posted a link to media coverage announcing the city had acquired all the necessary permits to begin demolition any day now. “Say goodbye to the St. Pete Pier. Not just the Inverted Pyramid, but the entire concept of a Municipal “Pier,” as…

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The St. Pete Pier is coming down this week

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To a mixed chorus of “hallelujahs” and sobs the St. Petersburg Pier is finally going to come down. According to St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s spokesperson, Ben Kirby, the city has secured the necessary permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin demolition. He said they are giving contractor Sonny Glasbrenner notice to proceed this week. The process is expected to take 60 days to topple the inverted pyramid and another four months for the rest of the…

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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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Could the Times be celebrating Mike Connors’ slash in responsibility?

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The Tampa Bay Times posted a scathing story about St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s scaling back of a key staffer’s role. Public Works Administrator Mike Connors will oversee 200 fewer employees as a result of a staffing change that removes him from power over the city’s sanitation department, which includes its newly rolled out recycling program. He also is being removed as the head of the city’s purchasing department, which oversaw the purchase of seven recycling pickup trucks. Despite the…

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Wengay Newtons Pier liability concerns are moot

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St. Pete City Council member Wengay Newton is concerned about safety surrounding the now barricaded St. Pete Pier. According to WTSP, Newton believes the fence is inadequate to keep people from the shuttered inverted pyramid. “These are the type of things that happen when you rush,” Newton told 10 News, noting that if someone got past the chain-link fences erected in advance of the structure’s demolition they could get hurt and sue the city. “There’s no hurry, no rush.” City…

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