Make us your home page

The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Kriseman remains bullish on pier project despite costs and critics

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman, who has declared the long-delayed pier project will proceed in its entirety despite calls to scale it back, said Tuesday that time is a factor in his decision.

    A view of the new pier as presented in early 2016. Mayor Rick Kriseman said on Tuesday that the city is planning to push ahead with the project. Plans call for pilings to be installed starting in May 2017, he said. [Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and ASD]
  2. Why it could cost $35 million to cancel St. Petersburg's Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walter McCanless doesn't want the city to build the Pier and is mulling a petition drive to stop the project. He said the cost of replacing the waterfront landmark — it's currently $66 million, but the mayor wants to spend even more — is too high.

    This is a view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from over Tampa Bay looking west. The area where the St. Petersburg Pier used to be can be seen at center. Mayor Rick Kriseman has heard suggestions that money earmarked for the new Pier should be used elsewhere. If the city were to halt the project, he has declared, St. Petersburg would forfeit $35 million “to not have a Pier.”
  3. Clock ticking on public art choices for St. Pete pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pilings for the city's new pier won't go in for months, but for the committee charged with choosing public art for the $66 million Pier District, the deadline is tight.

  4. To free up Pier District money, one of three restaurants dropped

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of three restaurants proposed for the Pier District has been dropped, freeing up construction funds needed to build other parts of the project aimed at integrating the new pier with downtown.

    One of three restaurants proposed for the new Pier District has been dropped to free up construction funds needed to build other parts of the project aimed at integrating the new Pier with downtown.
  5. St. Petersburg's latest Pier brouhaha: how many restaurants does it need?

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As architects prepare to give City Council members an update Thursday on their plans to link the new Pier to the city's downtown, there's growing opposition to the number of eating establishments envisioned.

    A rendering of St. Petersburg's new pier design presented during a City Council workshop in March. The proposal to put three restaurants in the $66 million Pier District is being rejected by a broad coalition: nearby businesses, advocates for the city's downtown waterfront parks, the group that helped jettison a previous pier design and neighborhood leaders. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times]

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.