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No bids for Pier Park restaurant brings more Pier Park criticism

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A bidding process for a restaurant located in the Pier Park design yielded not a single interested party. Not a single restaurateur submitted a request for proposal by Thursday’s 1 p.m. deadline. The Tampa Bay Times reports the city is downplaying the lack of initial interest. “It’s early,” St. Pete director of development coordination Chris Ballestra told the Times. “This would go in a project that won’t open until 2018.” He said he wasn’t surprised the two planned spaces failed to draw interest right…

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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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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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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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