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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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Remind us again what big project Rick Kriseman’s administration is good at managing?

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It is the difference between the executive and the legislative. The former is about the buck stopping here. The latter is about forming a committee to explore when would be best to meet to address the problem. It’s about management style. With a political career that included time on St. Petersburg’s City Council and as a backbench member of the Florida Legislature, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s background is mostly one of committees and workshops. There wasn’t a lot of management…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump Into the Bay: Cigar City, City of Tampa; Eric Lynn, new Pier designers

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With a week as chock full of local political news as the previous one, there are several candidates for the Toast of the Bay and Dump Into the Bay. This being the first time I’ve handled this feature, I gave myself some flexibility and have several Toasts and Dumps. A Toast to Joey Redner on the sale of his Cigar City Brewing to Colorado craft beer company called Oskar Blues. The Tampa Bay Times estimates the deal could be worth more than…

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St. Pete Pier celebration scheduled for Friday

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman will celebrate the St. Petersburg Pier this Friday along the Pier approach. Kriseman plans on “honoring the past while pursuing the future.” The event will include free commemorative brick pavers on a first come, first served basis, children’s activities including the Great Explorations Children’s Museum and a “memory station” where attendees can write and display memories or record them with St. Pete TV. The recorded interviews will air later on St. Pete TV. The event…

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Charlie Crist will hold presser on Wed. to discuss importance of Census for local communities

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Governor Crist will be holding a press conference in St. Petersburg to discuss the importance of the Census and the impact on local communities.  Here are the details for the press conference: Wednesday, March 31 11:30am St. Petersburg Pier 800 Second Ave NE Rooftop (5th floor) – outside St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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