The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Pier factions support St. Petersburg mayor's plans, for now

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    ST. PETERSBURG — As he campaigned, Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke of unveiling a final design for the Pier within the first nine months of his administration and completing the landmark by the end of 2015.

    When St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announces how he will proceed with the Pier project, he will be accompanied by an unlikely coalition of those who fought to save the inverted pyramid, those who waged a campaign to kill its proposed replacement and those who wanted the Lens.
  2. St. Petersburg Pier options push timetable further back

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    ST. PETERSBURG — With the contentious Pier issue now on his watch, Mayor Rick Kriseman must find consensus among disparate notions about how to continue a tradition that dates to 1889.

    Charles Arbeen, 55, of Washington state, takes a morning walk on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier last month.  St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman reopened the pier head recently.
  3. Expanded access to St. Petersburg Pier pleases regulars and visitors

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    It offers the best fishing Tom Smith knows, luring him on a 50-mile round trip that takes him from Palmetto to St. Petersburg and its well-known Pier. Smith, 75, claims a special spot at the far end, in the shadow of the closed inverted pyramid that sits on the structure jutting more than …

    The fence blocking the public from the Pier came down Jan. 5 at the behest of new Mayor Rick Kriseman. By Jan. 15, Tom Smith, 75, of Palmetto was back, focusing on snagging sheepshead hiding around pier pilings.
  4. St. Petersburg's Pier reopens to runners, walkers and anglers

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    ST. PETERSBURG — With notice that incoming Mayor Rick Kriseman planned to reopen the area around the Pier to the public, workers began preparing the way days before his swearing in last Thursday.

      The St. Petersburg Pier reopened to foot traffic and fishing this week, but the building itself remains closed until a decision is made on its future.
  5. St. Petersburg may find inspiration in country's iconic piers

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    As the city embarks on another quest to find the perfect design for a new pier, a look at others around the country might prove instructive.

    Visitors to Santa Monica’s Pier during the Glow 2013 in September at the beach in California. Glow is an all-night cultural experience featuring original commissions by artists that reimagine Santa Monica Beach as a playground for temporary artworks.
  6. Pier committee recommends another committee

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    ST. PETERSBURG — First there were pier visioning sessions, followed by a Pier Advisory Task Force, an 828 Alliance and the most recent, a new pier task force appointed by Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman as part of his transition team.

    The St. Petersburg Pier can be seen from the 28th floor of the Bayfront Tower in downtown St. Petersburg on May 30.
  7. Survey: Residents want fine dining at St. Petersburg's Pier, amenable to taxpayer subsidy

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Given Florida's searing summer temperatures, it's probably no surprise that a majority of residents surveyed about what they'd most like at the city's pier ranked air conditioning a top priority.

    Poll respondents indicated that they wanted air conditioned space, fine dining and viewing areas in the pier replacement.
  8. Appeals court clears way for St. Petersburg Pier demolition

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    ST. PETERSBURG — An appellate court has rejected former mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford's attempt to stop the city from demolishing the inverted pyramid Pier.

    Former St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford had claimed the city's charter required a referendum before the Pier — part of the city's downtown waterfront — could be demolished.
  9. St. Petersburg gauging residents to see what they want in new pier

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is gathering feedback from residents on what kind of pier should be built on the waterfront.

    St. Petersburg is gathering opinions from residents on plans for a new pier after the old one’s inverted pyramid closed earlier this year.
  10. Lower Pier renovation price means compromises

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    ST. PETERSBURG — What will it cost to renovate the inverted pyramid, the shuttered iconic Pier on the waterfront?

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.