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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. 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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.
  4. Questions raised about St. Petersburg's Pier selection committee


    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.

  5. 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.
  6. Well-known Tampa Bay area architects want to renovate St. Petersburg's Pier

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    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.
  7. St. Pete names pivotal seven-member panel in pier design process

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has appointed an eclectic group to help pare the bunch of hopefuls the city expects to vie to design a new pier or renovate the closed inverted pyramid.

    Visitor Charles Arbeen, 55, Washington State, left,  takes his morning walk on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 as a Blue Heron walks across the road.  St. Petersburg Mayor RIck Kriseman reopened the pier head recently.
  8. Group completes first phase of Mayor Rick Kriseman's new Pier process

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The group appointed to determine what residents want as the city reboots its effort to redevelop the Pier completed its assignment Tuesday.

    SCOTT KEELER    |    Times
  9. Budget constraints could restrict St. Petersburg Pier amenities

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — In a poll last fall, close to 40 percent of residents said they would be willing to support a tax increase if additional money was needed to get everything they want in a new Pier.

    The Pier remains open only to pedestrians as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s working group is set to prepare a report telling would-be design teams what residents want.
  10. Pier working group sifts through ocean of residents' ideas

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Invited to specify amenities they'd like at a new or renovated Pier, more than 2,000 residents have offered ideas running the gamut from a comedy club to a microbrewery to a basketball court.

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.