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Yes, that is Styrofoam floating along the downtown seawall

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A turbidity barrier aimed at keeping debris from floating into Tampa Bay and the basins lining St. Pete’s downtown waterfront broke last week leading to chunks of Styrofoam cluttering various areas around the city’s otherwise pristine waterfront. Taking a stroll along the waterfront Tuesday afternoon showed tiny bits of Styrofoam gathering in large clusters near the St. Petersburg Yacht Club basin. Another smaller cluster gathered along the seawall near the Dali Museum. At Spa Beach, the debris was mixed in…

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Pier demolishers in hot water over unpaid bills

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The company undertaking controversial demolition of downtown St. Pete’s iconic inverted pyramid is being sued. The company Staff Zone argues in lawsuit documents that Sonny Glasbrenner owes it more than $150,000 for a tab the company racked up for temporary staff. Sonny Glasbrenner submitted a credit application to Staff Zone in June, just before St. Pete City Council approved the company’s $3.16 million bid to oversee demolition of the Pier. According to lawsuit documents, the debt was incurred through October.…

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Pier Park design is working out growing pains

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Pier Park is still Pier Park. That’s according to the architects building it and the city staff working with them. But that doesn’t mean preliminary plans on how to accomplish building the design are still exactly the same as they were when the public first heard about it. And guess what — that’s OK. During a workshop Thursday morning, designers with Rogers Partners and ASD architecture firms met with St. Pete City Council to go over progress on fine tuning…

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W-Architecture chosen for $20 million Pier uplands project

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After an all day meeting of presentations and debate, a selection committee has chosen W-Architecture to design and facilitate construction of the $20 million Pier uplands projects set to align the new Pier Park with downtown along Beach and Bayshore Drives. W-Architecture called the project the city’s “extraordinary centerpiece.” “The spirit of the waterfront is one of inclusion, and we are committed to honoring this idea in the design process as well as in the final form. We will build…

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Pier Park mastermind Rob Rogers to speak at Sunken Gardens Thursday

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St. Pete residents will have a chance to get up close and personal with lead designers of Pier Park this Thursday evening. Rogers Partners Architects and Urban Designers principal architect Rob Rogers will speak at Sunken Gardens 7-9 p.m. to showcase his broad portfolio of previous work and lay out how urban design can flourish in St. Pete’s downtown community. “Rob creates institutional and cultural buildings that are civic works. Believing that even a single building is a piece of urban…

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Pier Uplands design bidders are down to five — winner to be chosen next week

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A committee convened to short-list proposals for a $20 million project on the Pier Uplands has narrowed the field down to five teams. One team, OT9 Design, was eliminated. The teams are bidding for the chance to provide design and construction administrative services for proposed improvements on the Pier Uplands set to coincide with the new Pier opening. The final teams vying for the chance to oversee the project geared to complement Pier Park and connect it to downtown includes…

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Can we please stop complaining about the new Pier and just get the dang thing built?

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The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that plans for the Pier and its day-to-day operations are “coming together behind the scenes.” Queue the cacophony of ridicule. Enter the calamitous noise of Rick Kriseman haters crying foul over a process too far out of the public eye. The group VoteonthePier.com took to Facebook Monday to lament these silly bells and whistles the city is promising with Pier Park. Before I dive into this, let me throw out a bit of a…

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