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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Jennifer Rubiello and new Pier haters

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Toast to the Bay: Jennifer Rubiello A fracking bill that would have made the practice legal in Florida and preempt cities and other local governments from passing ordinances interfering with that law died in the state Senate this week. Locally, the biggest champion for that was Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello. The young environmentalist traveled to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers about the dangers of fracking. Among her messaging points: There’s no safe way to regulate hydraulic fracturing and it leads…

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AIA New York honors New St. Pete Pier design in 2016 award for urban design

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The new St. Pete Pier design concept is being honored by AIA New York in its annual design awards. The design and its parent firm, Rogers Partners, received a Merit Award in Urban Design from the group, also known as the Center for Architecture. “The New St. Pete Pier will provide year-round activity along the entire length of the new pier and seamlessly integrate with downtown St. Pete’s ongoing renaissance,” Rogers Partners posted on Facebook. The firm is working locally…

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First Pier Approach public workshop scheduled for same day as Presidential Preference Primary

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It’s been a while since much has happened in the Pier debacle. The inverted pyramid has been gone for months and design teams and the city are working behind the scenes to finalize details on the new Pier. Those designers are about to come out from behind the curtain. On March 15th, the team working on the Pier Approach – not the Pier itself – will meet with members of the public to discuss that portion of the project. The…

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St. Pete City Council finalizes W-Architecture for Pier Approach design

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approved W-Architecture to lead design and construction administration services for the Pier Approach project. The vote allocates $500,000 from the Downtown Redevelopment District Fund into the General Capital Improvement Fund to pay for concept design services and other project costs. The total cost for the initial design phase is not to exceed $318,030, however. The amount will come out of the $20 million budget set aside for the Pier Approach project. W-Architecture along with the…

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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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Rick Kriseman next stop for 3 groups vying to run new Pier

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Three teams made their cases Tuesday before a committee of St. Pete staff leaders and selected city residents to run the city’s new Pier. The team chosen will be in charge of management and operation of the Pier, Pier approach and the inclusive Pier district that runs up to Beach Drive. The three teams who presented at the city’s water resources department facility were Philadelphia-based Spectra Venue Management, Clearwater’s Colliers International and St. Pete’s own locally based Skyway One. The…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 3 — The Pier

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most profound issues. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 3 — The Pier Few things in St. Petersburg have caused as much consternation as The Pier. The dilemma over the future of the city landmark seemed to go dormant in…

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