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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. St. Petersburg's Beach Drive restaurants may get competition from pier establishments

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There is consternation in some quarters about the city's plans to establish three restaurants in the new Pier District expected to open two years from now.

    With a total of about 725 seats,  the proposed restaurants in the Pier Districtg could mean competition for businesses now thriving on popular Beach Drive and other spots downtown. There is also worry about the loss of green space along the city's prized waterfront. 
[JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times (2014)]
  2. St. Petersburg Pier approach options could get costly

    Local Government

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

  3. Panel weighs public artwork for St. Petersburg pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Although the demolished inverted pyramid was itself a work of art for some, the new pier will have something the old one did not — actual public art.

    Kyu Yamamoto sculpts Dignity, a girl and a boy with his hand on a firefighter’s hat. The finished bronze sits on a bench at Fire Station No. 4 at 2501 Fourth St. N.
  4. St. Pete Pier poised to survive doomsday sea level rise scenario

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — According to climate change experts, the Tampa Bay area doesn't stand a chance.

  5. St. Pete Pier demolition contractor owes money, says staffing company

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Along with being months behind schedule in demolishing the Pier, Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. is again the target of allegations that it has fallen behind paying its bills.

    Demolition of the old Pier, which had been scheduled to finish in February, may now be completed in late September.
  6. St. Pete pier design costs exceed construction budget, forcing cuts

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Budget constraints have forced designers to eliminate prominent features in the new pier project, and they won't be restored before construction begins later this year.

    The latest design for the pier was unveiled March 17. The designs will be used to develop construction documents for the downtown landmark that city officials hope will be completed by 2018. [Credit: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and ASD]
  7. Public considers options for new St. Petersburg Pier Approach

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Residents reviewed ideas Tuesday for the Pier Approach, the sweeping $20 million project that will link the city's waterfront landmark to the popular downtown core.

    W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects
A diagram shows the Pier Approach with an overlay of activities and ideas recommended by St. Petersburg’s new Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.
  8. Sneak peek of $20 million Pier Approach design set for Tuesday night

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Those eager to have a say about how the gateway to the new pier will look and function will get a chance to do so tonight, when designers of the $20 million project unveil their preliminary concepts.

    Tonight, a public workshop will unveil the new Pier’s approach plans. Demolition of the old Pier is set to finish in the summer.
  9. St. Petersburg's Pier Park now simply the St. Pete Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The name Pier Park hasn't had much luck in St. Petersburg. Back in 1984, voters soundly defeated a $72 million proposal by that name.

  10. Memories of a Pier gone by

    Columns

    ST. PETERSBURG

    I write to you about my recollections of the Pier. Not just this Pier, but the Million Dollar Pier, as well.

    Colin Vaughn of St. Petersburg and sister Kayla Suchier hang out on the St. Petersburg Pier while Vaughn’s cousin Evan Rodriguez fishes in the Pier Aquarium’s Kids’ Fishing Tournament.

Debate over Pier's future isn't new

In these historical photos, you'll see that the Pier has generated its share of hand-wringing over what to do about the aging structure.

What will the Lens look like?

Look through our gallery of renderings provided by the architectural firm that won the design competition for the new pier. Some of the planned features have since been modified.