Petitions to stop the Lens delivered to St. Petersburg City Hall

ST. PETERSBURG — In an attempt to stop the $50 million Lens from going forward, Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg delivered eight clear storage totes filled with thousands of signed petitions to City Hall on Wednesday morning.

The group seeks to get a referendum on the ballot so voters can decide whether the Lens should be built to replace the iconic inverted pyramid Pier.

What happens now

The city clerk will verify the petition names are those of registered city voters, a process that will take about 20 days. The group submitted 20,559 signatures; they need 15,652.

What happens today

The City Council will vote on whether to approve an additional $1.5 million for Michael Maltzan Architecture, the designer of the Lens, to keep the project moving forward.

What happens after signatures are verified

The City Council will vote on whether to approve the ordinance submitted by Concerned Citizens. If the ordinance passes, plans to build the Lens will be scrapped. If the ordinance fails, the issue likely will appear on the ballot for the Aug. 27 city primary, along with races for mayor and four council seats.

Petitions to stop the Lens delivered to St. Petersburg City Hall 05/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:15am]

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