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St. Pete gets Army Corps of Engineers OK to build new Pier

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St. Petersburg has finally received the official OK to rebuild the Pier. This city received a permit Wednesday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the last step to clearing the way for construction on the new Pier. “The ‘New St. Pete Pier’ will be a dynamic extension of our iconic waterfront park system, and is sure to be enjoyed by residents and visitors from throughout the world for generations to come,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a…

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St. Pete City Council raises eyebrows at $14M in Pier ‘enhancements’

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St. Petersburg council members had mixed reactions Thursday to a progress report on the new Pier. They generally liked proposed “enhancements,” including family friendly recreation facilities. But the $14 million price tag for those enhancements was another issue. So far, the city has earmarked about $12.5 million for the Pier approach and about $33.6 million for the Pier itself. Pinellas County had agreed to kick in about $20 million, bringing the price tag to $66 million. If all the enhancements…

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By asking for more Pier money, Rick Kriseman misreads political mood

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If we have learned anything from the just-completed election, it is this: People are fed up with the political status quo. I mean, isn’t that obvious? Apparently not to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. He wants to shift an additional $14 million into his city’s Pier project, which could bring the overall cost to $80 million. Kriesman’s logic is exactly the reason millions of people voted for Donald Trump. “I’m looking at, if we invest some more money, we can…

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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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First Pier workshop scheduled as presidential preference primary polls close

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The first public workshop to discuss the Pier Approach is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. March 15 at USF St. Pete in the Student Center Ballroom. There will not be a formal presentation by the design team, W-Architecture and the local firm Wannemacher-Jensen, but the team will provide a quick overview of initial concepts. From there the team wants to hear from residents. The time was set later than most workshops to allow voters to get to the polls…

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B2 Communications expands with three new hires

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A St. Pete-based public relations firm is expanding its operations in the area. B2 Communications recently hired Diane Jones, a 20-year PR veteran in the Tampa Bay area. Jones most recently ran her own firm, DJ Public Relations, for eight years. Her company worked with high-profile clients including the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, Pasco County Utilities, Tampa Bay Water, Visit Citrus and Independent Financial Services. She also served as public communications manager for Pasco County for four years…

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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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