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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Pier designers need creativity to fit into $33 million budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The teams proposed splash parks and lagoons and touted sustainability, but the reality of delivering a pier that satisfies both the must-haves and appearance demanded by the public could be a financial challenge.

  2. St. Petersburg gets first look at pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of discussions and the selection and contentious rejection of a much-reviled design for a new pier, St. Petersburg is back for a second try.

    Destination St. Pete Pier would expand and renovate Spa Beach. The Pier would be four floors, three inside a glass crystal.
  3. Pier design proposals to be unveiled Monday

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The eight design teams competing to give the city a new or refurbished Pier will deliver their concepts Monday, offering insight into their vision, theme and approach for the landmark.

  4. New study on St. Petersburg Pier offers few new findings

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new study about how the Pier should be used, and what would make the most financial and practical sense, appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.

    A new study about how the Pier should be used and what would make the most financial and practical sense in its redevelopment appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.
  5. New study reiterates viability of inverted pyramid for St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new engineering study delivers good news to those who have fought to save the inverted pyramid and to the design teams planning to reuse the iconic structure in the city's latest version of its Tampa Bay landmark.

  6. St. Petersburg City Council keeping tabs on Pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As Mayor Rick Kriseman's plans for delivering a new or renovated Pier to the waterfront proceed, City Council members are keeping a watchful eye on the process.

  7. St. Petersburg's Pier selection committee narrows field to eight finalists

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The 16 design teams vying to build a new Pier were whittled to eight on Friday, and the odds seem to favor a concept that would save the inverted pyramid.

    Six of the eight finalists vying to build a new Pier plan to reuse the iconic inverted pyramid in their design.
  8. Questions raised about St. Petersburg's Pier selection committee

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — In a few days, up to eight design teams could make the first cut in the pursuit of a $46 million project that would give the city a new Pier or a renovated inverted pyramid.

  9. Sixteen design teams line up to renovate or build a new St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closed inverted pyramid, beloved and reviled, and once appeared destined for obliteration, could be in for a reprieve.

    Sixteen design teams met the Friday deadline to be considered for the challenge of redesigning the Pier, with a strong local presence.
  10. Well-known Tampa Bay area architects want to renovate St. Petersburg's Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The competition is promising to be stiff among design teams vying to give St. Petersburg a new or renovated Pier.

    St. Petersburg officials and residents have been arguing over plans for a new pier. Now one group of architects says they may have a way to save the existing structure.

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.