A selection committee on Tuesday eliminated one of six design teams competing for the $20 million project to link the city's downtown to the new Pier.
OT9 Design, a small firm from St. Petersburg, did not make the cut....
ST. PETERSBURG — In the space of two and a half months, seven vehicles have been stolen in the vicinity of downtown's popular Beach Drive.
Though far from an epidemic, it's been enough to warrant words of caution to residents of some upscale condominiums nearby.
"Dear Vinoy Place Residents," a Sept. 15 email from the management read, "At a nearby luxury high-rise property on Beach Drive NE, two cars were stolen from the garage this week. This also happened there a couple months ago. There appears to be a sophisticated car theft ring operating in the area."...
09/30/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Several years ago, the city and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority contemplated a modern transportation hub downtown that mixed retail, offices, a bus depot and parking.
One of the plan's biggest features was ridding Williams Park of a ring of idling buses, bus shelters and loiterers. It was put on hold while the PSTA focused on another transit initiative, Greenlight Pinellas, which voters rejected last year....
09/28/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Hacked, sawed, chopped, dismantled and sorted, the inverted pyramid that drew visitors from around the world will be scattered far and near.
Possibly China. Or as a base for Tampa Bay roads. Definitely shoring up the seawall at St. Petersburg's historic airport.
For demolition contractor Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., almost every scrap of St. Petersburg's discarded Pier represents dollars earned. That's on top of the $3.2 million the city is paying the Clearwater firm to demolish the iconic pyramid along with its deck and bridge....
09/24/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — As demolition of the inverted pyramid takes place in the public eye, the future of the new pier is taking shape behind the scenes.
In the two months since the City Council approved a contract for Pier Park — the new $46 million project — its designers have met with marine scientists, regulatory agencies, advocates for people with disabilities, the city's public arts commission and the chamber of commerce....
ST. PETERSBURG — When Pope Francis was elected two years ago, the first thing Angelica "Vivi" Iglesias did was call her family in Argentina.
"They were all excited," she said. "They said, 'We know him. We love him.'"
It happens that the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics was born in a nearby Buenos Aires neighborhood and led retreats at her brother's Jesuit school....
09/17/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Six design teams are vying for the $20 million project that will link the city's new pier to downtown.
Most of the names competing for what is being referred to as the Pier Approach Project are familiar.
Among them is the team that has won the coveted prize to design the pier itself. Out to bolster their position, the designers of Pier Park say they already understand the mechanics of the new pier district and their vision incorporates "all the goals and elements" of the city's Downtown Waterfront Master Plan....
Six design teams are vying for the $20 million project that will link the city’s new Pier to downtown.
Most of the names competing for the so-called Pier Approach Project are familiar.
Among them is the team that has won the coveted prize to design the Pier itself.
Out to bolster their position, the designers of Pier Park say they already understand the mechanics of the new Pier district and their vision incorporates “all the goals and elements” of the city’s downtown waterfront master plan....
GULFPORT — Evan Cohn said the blessing over his homemade challah and sliced the traditional Sabbath bread for the small group.
They sipped wine or grape juice and sang Sabbath melodies, ending with the Israeli and American national anthems.
At the tiny Congregation Beth Sholom, the 30 men and women represented the majority of its membership. For the High Holy Days, which begin at sundown today with Rosh Hashana — the Jewish New Year — attendance will more than double. But unlike larger congregations that expect a crush for the all-important holiday services, no ticket will be required to ensure a seat at Beth Sholom....
The City of St. Pete is providing a time-lapse link of the Pier demolition, so you don't have to worry about missing a thing.
It's all right here. Behold.
09/10/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — North Shore Aquatic Complex, which claims bragging rights for its Olympic training facilities, now also can boast of its sustainability efforts.
New energy-saving geothermal and filtration systems and solar power have put the facility at the forefront of Mayor Rick Kriseman's recently announced initiatives to make St. Petersburg an even greener city.
"It's probably one of the most successful sustainability efforts the city has done to date," said parks and recreation director Michael Jefferis of the $400,000 project....
09/06/15 Local Government
St. Petersburg is preparing to build another pier, the ciyt's fourth public pier since 1913. Before work can begin on the $46 million Pier Park project, the inverted pyramid must be demolished. Preliminary work has already begun, and the $3.2 million demolition project should be finished in February.
You can better view the pier demolition infographic with the full-screen feature in the top right corner of the image....
09/04/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Responding to local pressure, city officials announced Friday that they will tweak language in a document seeking businesses to develop, lease and operate a restaurant at the new pier.
The key change emphasizes opportunities for local businesses.
The revision comes amid an online campaign launched by St. Petersburg-based LocalShops1 urging the city to drop the words "nationally or regionally recognized chain restaurant" as one of the qualifications to operate the new waterfront establishment....
There’s good news for those who went home empty handed from the inverted pyramid farewell.
St. Petersburg officials had said they would distribute 250 brick pavers stamped with an image of the iconic structure at the Aug. 21 event, but hundreds more people turned up than expected.
In fact, 342 pavers were given out that day, Chris Ballestra, the city’s managing director of development coordination, said. The city has since salvaged about 400 more from the demolition site at the old Pier. So those who stood on line for the event and gave their names and email addresses to city staff will soon be invited to pick one up....
08/28/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — After discovering that their docks rest on city waterfront parkland, six northeast St. Petersburg homeowners now must contend with rules limiting their use.
One prohibition: "The possession or consumption of alcohol on the premises."
"Look, I'm not a party animal, but this isn't acceptable," said Pat Bluett, 56, a Largo businessman who teamed up with his brother, Mitchell, to buy a waterfront home on Placido Way NE as a weekend boating getaway....