The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. Pier working group sifts through ocean of residents' ideas

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Invited to specify amenities they'd like at a new or renovated Pier, more than 2,000 residents have offered ideas running the gamut from a comedy club to a microbrewery to a basketball court.

  2. Opinions aplenty as first of public Pier input sessions begins

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Quentin Richardson showed the images on his laptop, his idea of the city's next Pier, shaped like a ship's mast and with a lighthouse on top.

    St. Petersburg native and active Air Force veteran, Quentin Richardson discusses his idea for a new downtown Pier during a community roundtable discussion at Child's Park Recreation Center on Thursday evening, June 19, 2014. Richardson told the crowd they could find more details about his plan on Facebook by searching Sunshine City Pier.
  3. Residents again invited to weigh in on St. Petersburg Pier

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The question has been asked over and over again.

    Last August, voters rejected the Lens design that was proposed as replacement for St. Petersburg’s Pier.
  4. Structural integrity of St. Petersburg's Pier to be tested

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has said the new Pier can be a completely new project or a renovation of the existing inverted pyramid.

    The skeleton and support caissons of St. Petersburg’s Pier must be studied before the city invites designs for a new structure.
  5. St. Petersburg group to reel in ideas for new Pier

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The citizens group that will help determine what amenities a new or renovated Pier will offer got down to business Friday.

  6. St. Petersburg begins process of selecting new pier

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    ST. PETERSBURG — If all goes according to Mayor Rick Kriseman's plan, the next few months should yield a shortlist of five to eight teams who will compete to design the city's new or renovated pier.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is hoping he has the right formula to determine the solution to the city's pier issue.
  7. Pier factions support St. Petersburg mayor's plans, for now

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    ST. PETERSBURG — As he campaigned, Mayor Rick Kriseman spoke of unveiling a final design for the Pier within the first nine months of his administration and completing the landmark by the end of 2015.

    When St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announces how he will proceed with the Pier project, he will be accompanied by an unlikely coalition of those who fought to save the inverted pyramid, those who waged a campaign to kill its proposed replacement and those who wanted the Lens.
  8. St. Petersburg Pier options push timetable further back

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    ST. PETERSBURG — With the contentious Pier issue now on his watch, Mayor Rick Kriseman must find consensus among disparate notions about how to continue a tradition that dates to 1889.

    Charles Arbeen, 55, of Washington state, takes a morning walk on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier last month.  St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman reopened the pier head recently.
  9. Expanded access to St. Petersburg Pier pleases regulars and visitors

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    It offers the best fishing Tom Smith knows, luring him on a 50-mile round trip that takes him from Palmetto to St. Petersburg and its well-known Pier. Smith, 75, claims a special spot at the far end, in the shadow of the closed inverted pyramid that sits on the structure jutting more than …

    The fence blocking the public from the Pier came down Jan. 5 at the behest of new Mayor Rick Kriseman. By Jan. 15, Tom Smith, 75, of Palmetto was back, focusing on snagging sheepshead hiding around pier pilings.
  10. St. Petersburg's Pier reopens to runners, walkers and anglers

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    ST. PETERSBURG — With notice that incoming Mayor Rick Kriseman planned to reopen the area around the Pier to the public, workers began preparing the way days before his swearing in last Thursday.

      The St. Petersburg Pier reopened to foot traffic and fishing this week, but the building itself remains closed until a decision is made on its future.

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.