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First Pier Approach public workshop scheduled for same day as Presidential Preference Primary

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It’s been a while since much has happened in the Pier debacle. The inverted pyramid has been gone for months and design teams and the city are working behind the scenes to finalize details on the new Pier. Those designers are about to come out from behind the curtain. On March 15th, the team working on the Pier Approach – not the Pier itself – will meet with members of the public to discuss that portion of the project. The…

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Rick Baker op-ed: Build Destination St. Pete Pier

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Our city has been engaged in a lengthy discussion about the future of our St. Petersburg Pier. In the course of this discussion, the city and county committed $50 million to fund needed repairs to the Pier. The pilings on the approach and first-floor platform are deteriorated beyond repair and must be replaced. The inverted pyramid building itself, and caissons supporting it, have been confirmed to be structurally sound. During the first four years of this decade, the city engaged…

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What the low turnout on voting for a new St. Pete Pier really tells us…

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The Tampa Bay Times ran a column about the St. Pete Pier yesterday by John Romano. He starts it off by saying, “the people have spoken. Or maybe they’ve just cleared their throats.” It’s a great start to a good column and he makes some very solid points. Turnout for the non-binding vote where St. Pete residents 18 and older had the chance to pick their three favorite pier designs was abysmal. There’s no other way to put it. Of…

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Most popular St. Pete Pier design hasn’t been playing by the rules

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The Destination St. Pete Pier design by the St. Pete Design Group should be in hot water over a little self-promoting, but it doesn’t look like they are. The group finished first out of seven possible designs for a new St. Pete pier and it wasn’t even close. They had thousands of more votes than their closest competition. However, there’s some question as to whether or not the design team played by the rules. Florida Politics obtained a screen shot from a…

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