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St. Petersburg City Council to reconsider decision to give a public sidewalk to BayWalk



ST. PETERSBURG — BayWalk owners may yet lay claim to the public sidewalk in front of the ailing downtown entertainment complex.

The City Council voted Thursday to reconsider Mayor Rick Baker's plan to give the sidewalk to BayWalk, a week after the controversial measure seemingly died in a deadlocked vote.

After last week's contentious five-hour meeting, city administrators hastily met with protest groups and BayWalk property managers.

BayWalk and Muvico also followed up with tersely worded letters warning the complex's demise was imminent.

"I don't think you can overstate the gravity of where we are," City Council member Karl Nurse said Thursday. "Our children will ask us in five years, 'Dad, why are the buildings still boarded up?' And it will be because . . . when we held the lifeline, we said no."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:11pm]


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