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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. No clear answer on when Pier can come down

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A construction fence rose at the Pier on Monday, signaling that demolition is imminent, starting with the iconic and controversial inverted pyramid.

    Smith Fence workers Brandon Knight and Chris Tompkins put up barricades Monday on the approach to the Pier.
  2. Long-delayed Pier Park project gets go-ahead from City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The pier, a project that divided families and neighbors and inspired a voter referendum that delayed the project at least two years, is officially under way.

    The Pier Park design will be refined during the next five months, and residents will have a chance to provide comments. Construction is scheduled to start in 2017.
  3. City Council approves $5.2 million for Pier Park, demolition to start as soon as next week

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pier Park, the city's newest Pier is off and running.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman will ask the City Council on Thursday to approve design and construction contracts for St. Petersburg's new municipal pier, as well as a demolition contract for the old inverted pyramid. [ASD Architects & Rogers Partners Architects Urban Designers]
  4. Windfall of $20 million proposed to link Pier Park to booming downtown

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    ST. PETERSBURG — As the City Council prepares to vote on a contract to build the new pier, Mayor Rick Kriseman is proposing $20 million to link the waterfront landmark to a thriving downtown.

  5. Additional money may enhance area near new St. Petersburg pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has said that the budget for the new pier is firm, but a financial windfall or two may change that.

     New St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman smiles as he greets the crowd outside of St. Petersburg City Hall, Thursday, January 2, 2014 after he was sworn in.
  6. Vote for Pier Park is start of long process before St. Pete gets a new waterfront landmark

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The journey toward the city's next pier may have reached an important juncture, but much lies ahead before celebrations can be contemplated for a projected spring 2018 grand opening.

  7. City Council okays Pier Park plan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After years of infighting and false starts, St. Petersburg is preparing to build a new pier to carry on a tradition that goes back for more than a century.

    Pier Park — with its floating docks, “coastal thicket’’ and other features — would be scheduled to open in 2018.
  8. Pier Park momentum builds with public and council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — On the eve of the latest pivotal vote in the quest for a new downtown pier, support for keeping the decades-old inverted pyramid appears to be waning.

    Destination St. Pete Pier, which saves the inverted pyramid, was the top choice in the city’s nonbinding, unscientific poll. Supporters urge an email campaign to the City Council.
  9. St. Petersburg City Council likely to support pier choice

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The majority of City Council members appear ready to endorse the decision of Mayor Rick Kriseman's selection committee concerning the future of the city's pier.

    This rendering depicts the Pier Park design of ASD, Rogers Partners and Ken Smith Landscape Architects. The Pier Selection Committee voted it the No. 1 choice to replace the inverted pyramid pier. John Curran of ASD said Pier Park will offer a variety of activities.
  10. St. Petersburg committee chooses Pier Park

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The inverted pyramid, once disparaged as a chicken roost, but in recent years lauded by admirers as a treasured icon, appears to be on its last days.

    The Pier Park, which proposes floating docks, is the selection committee’s first choice to replace the inverted pyramid.

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.