It's not very often a place like St. Petersburg gets an opportunity to ask itself a simple but very profound question.
What truly defines a city's identity?
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.
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.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG — There is consternation in some quarters about the city's plans to establish three restaurants in the new Pier District expected to open two years from now.
ST. PETERSBURG — The $66 million Pier District budget is getting even tighter.
Although the demolished inverted pyramid was itself a work of art for some, the new pier will have something the old one did not — actual public art.
ST. PETERSBURG — According to climate change experts, the Tampa Bay area doesn't stand a chance.
ST. PETERSBURG — Along with being months behind schedule in demolishing the Pier, Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. is again the target of allegations that it has fallen behind paying its bills.
ST. PETERSBURG — Budget constraints have forced designers to eliminate prominent features in the new pier project, and they won't be restored before construction begins later this year.
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.
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.