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Pier opponents hire California firm to speed petition gathering

ST. PETERSBURG — A group opposed to the city's plans for a new Pier has hired a California company to accelerate its efforts to force a referendum on the issue.

Bud Risser of Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg announced Thursday that the group had hired PCI Consultants of Los Angeles, "a petition management firm," to help with its campaign to halt the city's plans for the Lens, the planned replacement of the current Pier.

Risser said the group looked at the pace of its petition gathering over the past few months and concluded "it is clear this is going to stretch into the summer." With the California company coming to St. Petersburg next week, Concerned Citizens hopes to get the required number of signatures within two months, he said. The group is halfway to its goal of gathering the close to 17,000 signatures required to put the $50 million Lens project on the ballot.

The announcement was made in Vinoy Park, against the backdrop of the inverted pyramid, the city's current Pier.

Pier opponents hire California firm to speed petition gathering 03/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 4:06pm]
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