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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Sixteen design teams line up to renovate or build a new St. Petersburg Pier

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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Budget constraints could restrict St. Petersburg Pier amenities

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    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.
  6. 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.

  7. Opinions aplenty as first of public Pier input sessions begins

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Quentin Richardson showed the images on his laptop, his idea of the city's next Pier, shaped like a ship's mast and with a lighthouse on top.

    St. Petersburg native and active Air Force veteran, Quentin Richardson discusses his idea for a new downtown Pier during a community roundtable discussion at Child's Park Recreation Center on Thursday evening, June 19, 2014. Richardson told the crowd they could find more details about his plan on Facebook by searching Sunshine City Pier.
BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times
  8. Residents again invited to weigh in on St. Petersburg Pier

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The question has been asked over and over again.

    Last August, voters rejected the Lens design that was proposed as replacement for St. Petersburg’s Pier.
  9. Structural integrity of St. Petersburg's Pier to be tested

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has said the new Pier can be a completely new project or a renovation of the existing inverted pyramid.

    The skeleton and support caissons of St. Petersburg’s Pier must be studied before the city invites designs for a new structure.
  10. St. Petersburg group to reel in ideas for new Pier

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The citizens group that will help determine what amenities a new or renovated Pier will offer got down to business Friday.

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.