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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Mahaffey Theater in January, one of the sponsors of the gathering, which drew more than 1,200 people, was the St. Pete Design Group.

    Destination St. Pete Pier has been endorsed by Ed Montanari, chairman of the chamber of commerce’s pier task force. 
  2. Glitch in St. Pete pier survey fixed again

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after hundreds of residents had voted on seven proposals for a new St. Petersburg pier, erroneous information remained on one of the options on the survey. The misinformation also took the form of an outdated picture when the survey was shared on social media.

    ALMA [Alfonso Architects Inc. via City of St. Petersburg]
  3. St. Petersburg residents to pick their favorite Pier designs in survey

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — At the South Branch library, a flier trumpets, "Help Pick Your NEW Pier!"

    Hal Freedman of St. Petersburg gives the Pier selection committee feedback during design presentations at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Thursday.   
  4. St. Petersburg residents, city leaders to hear detailed pier ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks an important step in the city's protracted journey toward its next pier.

    Seven design teams will present their pier concepts at the Coliseum today and Thursday to replace the existing Pier, above, opened in 1973.
  5. It's show time for firms hoping to design St. Petersburg's new Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Seven design teams are gearing up to make their pitches for a chance to fashion the city's next Pier, the seventh since 1889.

  6. City sets schedule for Pier design presentations

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Pier design teams to present concepts

  7. Committee to shortlist St. Petersburg Pier ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A pier committee was set to decide Friday which of eight concepts submitted by design teams from St. Petersburg and beyond Tampa Bay would continue to the next phase in the quest to restore the city's more than century-old downtown tradition.

    The Crescent, ahha! - New Quarter: "The crescent as a metaphor for the growth of our community. A gathering place for the people of St. Pete, a place for learning and play. A place that is self sustaining. How does one have a pier experience without actually being on a pier? 'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' - Frank Scully."
  8. Proposed St. Petersburg Pier designs face environmental questions

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the creators of the Pier design eventually spurned by voters suggested a pristine underwater garden as the project's centerpiece, environmentalists howled.

    The Lens design that included an underwater garden received criticism and face permitting hurdles.
  9. Reports evaluate feasibility of Pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city has released a report analyzing the feasibility of the eight concepts proposed for a new or renovated pier.

    A critical finding concerns the budget.

  10. St. Petersburg hires marketing expert to clarify message on new pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The last time the city tried to revive the Pier, the process became a morass of accusations, petitions, lawsuits and, some would add, misinformation.

    “I’m surprised at the number of people who are not clear about what has happened so far,” Kristin Brett said.

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.