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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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


    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.
  5. 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.

    Michael J. Connors, right, chairman of the St. Petersburg Pier Consultant Selection Committee, addresses public concerns of various pier options March 20 in a marathon meeting at St. Petersburg City Hall. At left is committee member Gary Mitchum and at center is committee member Mike Meidel.  
  6. 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.

  7. Pier's inverted pyramid could inspire another referendum battle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The man who launched the first volley against a decision to demolish the city's unique inverted-pyramid pier almost five years ago is preparing another salvo.

  8. Dismay simmers as St. Petersburg pier process stumbles

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Days after a group charged with recommending the top design for a new or renovated pier failed to make a decision, discontent about what to do about the waterfront landmark seemed to be stirring again.

  9. Ruth: Competition makes reviving Pier aquarium questionable


    Perhaps the biggest mystery surrounding the long-shuttered Secrets of the Sea Aquarium is why we need yet another fishy attraction in the Tampa Bay area.

  10. City panel fails to pick top pier design team

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There's no telling whether the projected grand opening of St. Petersburg's Pier, scheduled for spring 2018 will happen on time, given a major setback in the process Friday.

    Chairman Michael Connors, right, addresses public concerns during the 12-hour meeting Friday. At left is committee member Gary Mitchum and, center, committee member Mike Meidel.

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.