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Rick Kriseman’s list of woes continues to grow

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He’s not up for re-election until 2017, but already the cards are stacking up against St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. The same mayor who always shows up in public with a beaming smile touting his Sunshine City also seems to have a dark cloud following him around. No matter how much good Kriseman accomplishes, he always seems to be moments away from damage control. Since taking office in 2013 Kriseman has faced mounting criticism for failing to garner enough support…

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Pier Park opponents: Rick Kriseman = Rick Scott

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Opponents of St. Pete Mayor’s Rick Kriseman’s continued push to build Pier Park is continuing to annoy their lot. The Facebook page for the group Voteonthepier.com, backing a referendum effort that would require voter approval for any construction or demolition projects on city-owned waterfront property, is accusing Kriseman of being just like Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Mayor Kriseman’s lack of transparency mirrors Governor Rick Scott,” the post read. “Mayor Kriseman’s also hired political cronies just like Governor Rick Scott. Mayor…

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As the actual Pier is reduced to rubble, a new wall mural plays on fond memories

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Day three of external demolition of the inverted pyramid is winding down and already the front of the building looks like it was hit with a bomb. Crews stopped work on excavating the southern half of the front of the building Wednesday and began ripping through the side to the north of the elevator shaft. Internal guts of the 1973 structure are on display to those taking a trip to peak through fences at demolition progress or on a 24/7…

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Pier demolition becomes more obvious as giant excavator chews through concrete

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The St. Pete Pier has its first obvious blemish on the exterior of the inverted pyramid. A giant, orange excavator set up at the Pier head began chewing through concrete on the top floor of the building next to the elevator shaft at about 12:30 Monday afternoon. The excavator — so big it had to be assembled on-site — reached into the air from a controller on the ground, biting at bits of construction through metal jaws that can crush…

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St. Pete’s Squaremouth company is hosting a live feed of Pier demolition and construction

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A St. Petersburg-based travel insurance company has installed a camera to document demolition of the Pier. Squaremouth is hosting a 24/7 live feed of the Pier where residents or anyone interested in seeing the Pier’s real-time state can view the structure. Demolition of the actual structure is expected to start Monday. To this point, the Pier demolition has mostly just included the interior of the inverted pyramid while the structure remains relatively in tact. “Changes are happening in St. Petersburg,…

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Local restaurants will be considered for Pier Park space

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The city will consider local restaurants for the planned eatery space at the end of Pier Park. Language in the city’s Request for Proposals now includes the word “locally.” A petition began on Change.org after some Pier Park supporters and even opponents got wind of what the city was asking for. In the original RFP language the city asked for any restaurateur submitting a proposal to “Offer a nationally or regionally recognized chain restaurant or uniquely branded destination restaurant.” The…

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Time lapse video of demolition shows minimal changes to the Pier

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The City of St. Pete released a time-lapsed video of Pier demolition occurring between August 28 through September 4. In what would have been a slap in the face to activists who have long fought to preserve the inverted pyramid, the one-week progress shows … absolutely nothing. A side-by-side comparison doesn’t show any substantive changes between the beginning of the time lapse and the end. See for yourself. Here is a screen shot of the Pier when the time lapse…

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