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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Seven ideas advance to next stage in choosing new St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The field of eight proposed concepts for a rebirth of the city's Pier has been narrowed by one.

    The Crescent featured a sail-shaped building with multiple layers for features like a ballroom, restaurant, event space, theater and observatory. [ahha! - New Quarter]
  2. Proposed St. Petersburg Pier designs face environmental questions

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the creators of the Pier design eventually spurned by voters suggested a pristine underwater garden as the project's centerpiece, environmentalists howled.

    The Lens design that included an underwater garden received criticism and face permitting hurdles.
  3. Reports evaluate feasibility of Pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city has released a report analyzing the feasibility of the eight concepts proposed for a new or renovated pier.

    A critical finding concerns the budget.

  4. St. Petersburg hires marketing expert to clarify message on new pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The last time the city tried to revive the Pier, the process became a morass of accusations, petitions, lawsuits and, some would add, misinformation.

    “I’m surprised at the number of people who are not clear about what has happened so far,” Kristin Brett said.
  5. Pier designers need creativity to fit into $33 million budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The teams proposed splash parks and lagoons and touted sustainability, but the reality of delivering a pier that satisfies both the must-haves and appearance demanded by the public could be a financial challenge.

  6. St. Petersburg gets first look at pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of discussions and the selection and contentious rejection of a much-reviled design for a new pier, St. Petersburg is back for a second try.

    Destination St. Pete Pier would expand and renovate Spa Beach. The Pier would be four floors, three inside a glass crystal.
  7. Pier design proposals to be unveiled Monday

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The eight design teams competing to give the city a new or refurbished Pier will deliver their concepts Monday, offering insight into their vision, theme and approach for the landmark.

  8. New study on St. Petersburg Pier offers few new findings

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new study about how the Pier should be used, and what would make the most financial and practical sense, appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.

    A new study about how the Pier should be used and what would make the most financial and practical sense in its redevelopment appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.
  9. New study reiterates viability of inverted pyramid for St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new engineering study delivers good news to those who have fought to save the inverted pyramid and to the design teams planning to reuse the iconic structure in the city's latest version of its Tampa Bay landmark.

  10. St. Petersburg City Council keeping tabs on Pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As Mayor Rick Kriseman's plans for delivering a new or renovated Pier to the waterfront proceed, City Council members are keeping a watchful eye on the process.

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.