ST. PETERSBURG — A crowd gathered Sunday night for a free concert to support the Lens, the Pier replacement project that has people sniping on Facebook, collecting petitions and suing City Council members.
TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan recently entered the fray, launching a Facebook page and declaring, "Make Lens not War."
The "Rock the Lens" concert at Jannus Live included an introduction from Sullivan, a video and a renderings of the $50 million project. The event, headlined by the group Arrested Development, kicked off a crucial week. Tuesday, City Council members will review the design with changes based on public input. Thursday, the council will decide whether to approve $5.4 million for the final design and preconstruction services. And this week, a judge will hear a lawsuit by former council member Kathleen Ford and 15,652 petitioners. It seeks to force a referendum on the Pier.