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Advice to Pier activists: Round two

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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, opponents of the city’s Pier selection process and subsequent decisions need to chill out. This isn’t a matter of who is right or who is wrong. People on both sides of the issue – those who hoped to preserve the inverted pyramid and those who support Pier Park – are passionate about the city and its immaculate downtown waterfront. Both sides’ opinions are rooted in genuine love and a desire to…

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Counter protest planned for St. Pete Pier celebration

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City officials and St. Pete residents will gather near the St. Pete Museum of History overlooking the ill-fated Pier currently being ripped down by heavy machinery to honor its history and celebrate the future of a new Pier. But Mayor Rick Kriseman and supporters of the new Pier design, Pier Park, won’t be the only ones there for the event. Beginning at 5 p.m., the same time the mayor’s event begins, opponents of demolishing the Pier will also gather for…

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Tom Lambdon: Pier petition is far from over

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After reporting Tuesday evening the window to place a petition-based referendum on the November ballot had passed, supporters of the effort were quick to take to social media pointing out their efforts are not dead. Tom Lambdon, head of the group Vote on the Pier and Preserve our Waterfront, said he’s continuing to gather petition signatures to place a referendum before voters asking whether or not construction and demolition on downtown waterfront property should be voted on at the ballot…

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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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Mitch Perry Report for 7.9.15 — Pier politics returns yet again in St. Pete

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You’ve gotta love Tom Lambdon. Well, let me take that back. You don’t have to love anybody. In fact, there are many people in St. Petersburg who would hope to never hear this man’s name mentioned in polite company ever again. But civic activists like Lambdon wouldn’t get anywhere if they weren’t representing others who need someone to lead them. I mention the Safety Harbor resident because the St. Pete City Council is meeting today to consider contracts for Pier…

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Pier Park vs. Inverted Pyramid = War and dock voyages to Mexico

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The Pier debate seemed to go quiet after City Council voted to approve Pier Park as the top choice for a new Pier in May. Opponents of Pier Park (or anything not of the inverted pyramid variety) kept rolling with a petition effort to kill the whole shebang, but they kept under the radar. Tom Lambdon, the guy behind Vote on the Pier attempting to derail Pier Park and successful in knocking off the 2013 Lens project, explained why to…

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Pier Park criticism is reminiscent of 2013 Lens saga

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Supporters of Destination St. Pete Pier are gearing up for a fight Thursday as the City Council prepares to approve another design, Pier Park, instead of their favorite. Last month, the Pier Selection Committee ranked Destination St. Pete Pier behind Pier Park in its final ranking, even though a series of public surveys showed broad support for Destination. Since that vote, frustration has spiraled into outrage with a flurry of attacks on both the Pier Park design and the city’s…

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