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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. St. Pete pier finalists to be picked Friday

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Exactly what shape will define the city's downtown waterfront for decades to come could be decided today, as a citizens' committee selects which pier design the city should pursue.

    Destination St. Pete Pier will update the original inverted pyramid and surround it with multilevel decks. [The St. Pete Design Group]
  5. St. Petersburg pier survey results released (w/ video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A local team that would "reimagine" the inverted pyramid has captured the most votes in a nonbinding poll that sought to determine which of seven proposed pier designs St. Petersburg residents like most.

    Destination St. Pete Pier, pictured, received the most votes, followed by Pier Park and Blue Pier. [The St. Pete Design Group]
  6. Pier survey's value to be determined

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For weeks, the city nudged residents to complete an online survey to choose up to three of seven pier proposals they like best.

    Prospect Pier was one of the choices available to St. Petersburg residents in a nonbinding referendum on a new pier.
  7. Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Mahaffey Theater in January, one of the sponsors of the gathering, which drew more than 1,200 people, was the St. Pete Design Group.

    Destination St. Pete Pier has been endorsed by Ed Montanari, chairman of the chamber of commerce’s pier task force. 
  8. Glitch in St. Pete pier survey fixed again

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after hundreds of residents had voted on seven proposals for a new St. Petersburg pier, erroneous information remained on one of the options on the survey. The misinformation also took the form of an outdated picture when the survey was shared on social media.

    ALMA [Alfonso Architects Inc. via City of St. Petersburg]
  9. St. Petersburg residents to pick their favorite Pier designs in survey

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — At the South Branch library, a flier trumpets, "Help Pick Your NEW Pier!"

    Hal Freedman of St. Petersburg gives the Pier selection committee feedback during design presentations at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Thursday.   
  10. St. Petersburg residents, city leaders to hear detailed pier ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks an important step in the city's protracted journey toward its next pier.

    Seven design teams will present their pier concepts at the Coliseum today and Thursday to replace the existing Pier, above, opened in 1973.

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.