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Pier Selection Committee dismissed by Rick Kriseman

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The Pier Selection Committee charged with ranking design choices for a new St. Pete Pier has officially been relieved of its duties. Mayor Rick Kriseman officially thanked and dismissed committee members during a meeting in his office Thursday afternoon. The team ranked Pier Park at the top of its list during a meeting last month and St. Pete City Council subsequently approved that ranking and opened the door for Kriseman to begin negotiations with that design team. Those negotiations are expected to wrap…

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Bill Ballard letter to City Council lays out argument for Destination St. Pete Pier

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Bill Ballard, an outspoken advocate for saving St. Pete’s iconic inverted pyramid, has sent another letter to St. Pete City Council urging them to vote down the final ranking of three concepts for a new Pier. In the letter obtained by SaintPetersblog Ballard seeks to lay out the “subversion of the selection process” and includes a variety of videos containing statements supporting his claim. In one of them, three committee members, Mike Meidel, Melanie Lenz and Gary Mitchum, all say the…

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Pier Park comes out on top for St. Pete’s new Pier

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In a meeting that almost went into the next day, the Pier Selection Committee has finally chosen a top pick for a new St. Pete Pier. After hours of hearing from design teams and the public and another several hours of debate, Pier Park has nabbed victory from the jaws of defeat. With all but one member of the six-member committee, the public’s number two pick will now face City Council on May 7 for an up or down vote.…

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Pier Selection Committee Q&A with Pier design teams wraps up, lengthy public comment on deck

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The Pier Selection Committee has now heard from all three remaining design teams for a new St. Pete Pier. The teams were asked to answer a number of questions specific to each design ranging from transportation to bathrooms. Pier Selection Committee chair Mike Connors asked that names be drawn out of a hat to choose the order. A member of the public wearing a hat did the honors of choosing the order. After choosing Destination St. Pete Pier, Alma and…

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Pier Selection Committee: How they voted the last time

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With just hours to go until the Pier Selection Committee issues its final ranking of three design concepts, here’s a rundown of how they voted last time. During the marathon 12-hour meeting last month, the Pier Selection Committee seemed poised to rank Alma as its top pick out of three designs also including Pier Park and Destination St. Pete Pier. Since that meeting, members of the public have sounded a booming objection to that choice, noting that Alma was not…

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Young business leaders emerge with late-hour Pier Park support

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In response to former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker’s op-ed supporting the Destination St. Pete Pier design, a group of young professionals has emerged to offer a new dissenting voice. “The way that this debate has transpired in my eyes, is it really comes down to the old generation of St. Pete verses the new generation of St. Pete,” said David Vega, a technology manager for Wells Fargo. According to the group of six men, all young leaders in the…

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Ready or not, a Pier selection is coming

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Thursday afternoon begins what will likely be another long meeting for the Pier Selection Committee. Beginning at 3 p.m. at City Hall, the committee will hear from each of the three design teams answering questions regarding their respective designs. Following the 12-hour meeting last month, committee members each sent a series of questions to design teams seeking clarification on particular design elements. The St. Pete Design Group will answer questions about transportation on its Destination St. Pete Pier concept. There are…

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