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Group against St. Petersburg's proposed Pier celebrate and continue fight

ST. PETERSBURG — Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg, the group that wants to prevent the city from building the Lens, the proposed replacement to the current Pier, will hold a rally Saturday.

The 2 p.m. gathering is planned for the Pier's rooftop, at Cha Cha Coconuts bar and grill.

The rally will mark a key milestone for the group, which is circulating a petition for an ordinance to terminate the city's contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture, the Los Angeles-based designer of the Lens.

Chairman Fred Whaley said the group has collected half of the almost 17,000 signatures required, a figure that represents 10 percent of registered St. Petersburg voters.

"We feel good about the response that we get from people, but it really does take an awful lot of face-to-face time," Whaley said, alluding to the rigorous process involved in gathering verifiable signatures. "I'd say we have done extremely well for the length of time we've been at it."

The effort began in earnest last Election Day.

Members of Concerned Citizens, clad in the group's signature red T-shirts, plan to saturate the city's downtown several hours before this weekend's rally.

"We're going to be walking along the waterfront. Anywhere people are gathering, we will be getting petitions signed," Whaley said. "The Pier parking lots and the Pier approach, there will be somebody there all the time."

Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at or (727) 892-2283.

Group against St. Petersburg's proposed Pier celebrate and continue fight 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:04pm]
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