Sunday, September 23, 2018
News Roundup

St. Petersburg Pier approach options could get costly

ST. PETERSBURG — The $66 million Pier District budget is getting even tighter.

City Council members heard Thursday that they will have to decide what takes priority in the portion of the project designed to link the new pier to downtown.

Among the questions: How much parking should there be and is there too much restaurant space? And what about the so-called arts bridge with a possible price tag of up to $1.5 million?

Budget concerns surfaced as architects of the $20 million pier approach — encompassing an area from the Vinoy Renaissance resort to Pioneer Park and Beach Drive to Spa Beach — presented three different scenarios during Thursday's workshop.

A complete package of features would cost $16 million, $5 million more than the estimated $11 million construction budget. That option would include turning Bayshore Drive into a convertible street for pedestrians and cyclists, with a wider sidewalk and parking moved away from the water. There would also be the arts bridge and about 550 parking spaces. Another option, without the convertible street, would run $12.5 million, while the third, which would not include the arts bridge, would cost about $11.5 million.

"My instinct would be to eliminate the two restaurants in the middle and provide more fun space," council member Karl Nurse said.

About $4.7 million of the $20 million budget would be allocated to build shells for the proposed restaurants, one overlooking the water in the Pelican Parking Lot, and another near the Museum of History. Several concession areas also are being proposed, and the pier itself also would have a large restaurant.

"It feels like too much," City Council Chair Amy Foster said, adding that she thinks building the shell for just one restaurant on the approach would be enough.

The architects, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York and St. Petersburg's Wannemacher Jensen, are using the city's new Downtown Waterfront Master Plan as their guide for the pier approach project. Foster emphasized, however, that the plan approved by the council last year was simply "a playbook," not something that had to be followed religiously.

Council member Ed Montanari, vice chairman of the Pier Advisory Task Force that issued a seminal report in 2010 about what should be done about the pier, expressed concern for the success of the structure that would rise at the end of the approach into Tampa Bay.

The plan for the pier approach is good overall, but "a bit intense," he said, and added that he supports colleague Charlie Gerdes' idea of building a parking garage in the Pelican Parking Lot to free up more green space.

The architects will return to the City Council with updated plans in July.

Contact Waveney Ann Moore at [email protected] or (727) 892-2283. Follow @wmooretimes.

Comments
Rays journal: Blue Jays spoil wild-card bid

Rays journal: Blue Jays spoil wild-card bid

TORONTO — There was no drama, no emotional rescues after Saturday's game.After feeling, appropriately, crushed after they gave away Thursday's game, blowing a six-run lead in the ninth, then bouncing back Friday, the Rays on Saturday faced a st...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Jordan Cronkrite’s big run helps USF stay perfect with win over ECU

Jordan Cronkrite’s big run helps USF stay perfect with win over ECU

TAMPA — Whenever USF handed the ball to running back Jordan Cronkrite on Saturday night, a big play seemed close. The Bulls were just one block, one chip, one cut away."We knew it was coming," quarterback Blake Barnett said.Finally, with 1...
Updated: 4 hours ago
USF journal: Standout returner Terrence Horne out with torn ACL

USF journal: Standout returner Terrence Horne out with torn ACL

TAMPA — USF opened its American Athletic Conference schedule Saturday with a 20-13 victory against East Carolina, but it had to do so without the nation's top returner.Freshman receiver and return specialist Terrence Horne tore his ACL in pract...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Joey Knight’s takeaways from Florida-Tennessee

Joey Knight’s takeaways from Florida-Tennessee

For all their defensive opportunism Saturday, make no mistake: The Gators probably remain a year or two away from seriously contending again in the SEC East Division. Still, it beats the Vols, who appear a light-year or two away.Jeremy Pruitt confirm...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Matt Baker’s takeaways from USF-East Carolina

Matt Baker’s takeaways from USF-East Carolina

I figured East Carolina would either look amazing or awful to start, considering it spent the past week and a half in Orlando because of Hurricane Florence. Turns out the Pirates channeled their emotions well, scoring on their first possession and fo...
Updated: 5 hours ago
UF journal: A resounding return for LB David Reese

UF journal: A resounding return for LB David Reese

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Gator fans have spent the better part of September wondering if junior LB David Reese ever would get on the field.They spent the better part of Saturday hoping he'd never come off.Reese, whose 2018 debut was postponed by a hi...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Florida extends Tennessee’s recent SEC futility

Florida extends Tennessee’s recent SEC futility

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On an evening in which Tennessee honored its 1998 national championship squad, the current crop of Vols managed to offset the whole nostalgic shindig.By making the 2018 Gators resemble a national championship-caliber club.A o...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning forward prospect Boris Katchouk putting together strong preseason

Lightning forward prospect Boris Katchouk putting together strong preseason

TAMPA — As the end of training camp looms, there's no clear-cut answer as to how the Lightning will fill the one, maybe two open forward spots in its lineup.It could go with Adam Erne. Spending much of his time in AHL Syracuse the past three se...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning journal: ‘No-risk’ forward pickup; another preseason win; Fan Fest on Sunday

Lightning journal: ‘No-risk’ forward pickup; another preseason win; Fan Fest on Sunday

TAMPA — It didn't take long for Lightning GM Julien BriseBois to decide he wanted to put a waiver claim in Friday.Not when he saw that F Danick Martel was available."He's a player we have had on our radar for a while, going back to actually his...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Deondre Francois throws 2 TDs as Seminoles hold off NIU 37-19

Deondre Francois throws 2 TDs as Seminoles hold off NIU 37-19

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State has been seeking improvement on offense after managing just 10 combined points in its two FBS losses. The Seminoles found some reasons to be optimistic for a turnaround on Saturday. Deondre Francois threw for a season-high...
Updated: 6 hours ago