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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. 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.

    Artists' renderings of the Pier Park, left, and Destination St. Pete Pier proposals.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. St. Petersburg mayor's pier committee to try again

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The three pier design team finalists must prove their worth Thursday before dozens of supporters, naysayers and a beleaguered six-member selection panel.

    For the Pier Park design, there are questions about the durability of the project’s proposed floating docks.
  5. Lawyer says St. Petersburg council could alter pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The latest complication with the pier project hinges on legalities.

    Mayor Kriseman’s committee must rank the three finalists.
  6. Mayor talks up St. Petersburg Pier process, but council has own ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Facing disillusionment about the process he set in motion almost a year ago to reboot the city's hopes for a new or renovated pier, Mayor Rick Kriseman took his case to the City Council on Thursday.

  7. St. Petersburg mayor to make pitch for continuing pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman will address the City Council on Thursday about his plan to give the city a new or renovated pier by 2018.

  8. A look at plans and potential problems for a new St. Petersburg pier

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — In about three weeks, there's likely to be a decision about which one of three pier design team finalists will be recommended for the $46 million project. • In the intervening period, the architects and engineering teams of the Pier Park, Destination St. Pete Pier and Alma concepts must …

    Alma replaces the inverted pyramid with a tower that’s about 150 feet tall.
  9. Pier design team finalists asked answer questions at April 23 meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The design teams short-listed for the final round in the competition for the city's $46 million pier project now have the questions selection committee members want answered.

    From left: Artists' conceptual renderings of the Pier Park, Destination St. Pete Pier and Alma proposals presented to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee.
  10. St. Petersburg Pier committee's final ranking expected after April 23 meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The date has been set for what could be the final meeting of Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee.

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.