Pier update: Fundraising, information sessions and more
ST. PETERSBURG -- With the referendum to determine the fate of the Lens fast approaching, supporters and opponents of the proposed new pier are cranking up their efforts.
Citizens for the St. Pete Pier, a new group backing the Lens, will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg, the Stop the Lens group, will hold a meeting of young professional volunteers, starting with an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Orange Blossom, 220 Fourth St. N.
Council member Leslie Curran’s informational meeting about the Lens this week will be followed by two additional sessions hosted by council members Charlie Gerdes and Jeff Danner. Gerdes will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 24 in the music center at the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Danner’s meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at St. Petersburg’s Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.
In other Pier-related news, the second meeting of Mayor Bill Foster’s 828 Alliance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Room 100, City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. The group’s task is to ensure that whatever the referendum’s outcome, the city will be ready to move forward with plans for a new pier.
Also this week, mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford filed a brief in the 2nd District Court of Appeal in a continued effort to save the closed inverted pyramid. In April, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Jack Day ruled against her bid to force a referendum on the 1973 structure.