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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Windfall of $20 million proposed to link Pier Park to booming downtown

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the City Council prepares to vote on a contract to build the new pier, Mayor Rick Kriseman is proposing $20 million to link the waterfront landmark to a thriving downtown.

  2. Additional money may enhance area near new St. Petersburg pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has said that the budget for the new pier is firm, but a financial windfall or two may change that.

     New St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman smiles as he greets the crowd outside of St. Petersburg City Hall, Thursday, January 2, 2014 after he was sworn in.
  3. Vote for Pier Park is start of long process before St. Pete gets a new waterfront landmark

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The journey toward the city's next pier may have reached an important juncture, but much lies ahead before celebrations can be contemplated for a projected spring 2018 grand opening.

  4. City Council okays Pier Park plan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After years of infighting and false starts, St. Petersburg is preparing to build a new pier to carry on a tradition that goes back for more than a century.

    Pier Park — with its floating docks, “coastal thicket’’ and other features — would be scheduled to open in 2018.
  5. 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.

    Destination St. Pete Pier, which saves the inverted pyramid, was the top choice in the city’s nonbinding, unscientific poll. Supporters urge an email campaign to the City Council.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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.