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The St. Petersburg Pier

  1. St. Petersburg art community divided over Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the quest to commission the work of acclaimed artist Janet Echelman for the Pier pushes ahead, discontent simmers in art circles.

    St. Petersburg artist Jon Hair, whose work includes oversized sculptures for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and universities, wants to help create a 108-foot-wide, 30-foot-high blue whale with other life-size marine life called Oceanica for the Pier District. [Courtesy of Jon Hair]
  2. Daniel Ruth: To build or not to build a St. Petersburg pier


    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?

  3. Clock ticking on public art choices for St. Pete pier

    Local Government

    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.

  4. To free up Pier District money, one of three restaurants dropped

    Local Government

    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.

    One of three restaurants proposed for the new Pier District has been dropped to free up construction funds needed to build other parts of the project aimed at integrating the new Pier with downtown.
  5. St. Petersburg's latest Pier brouhaha: how many restaurants does it need?

    Local Government

    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.

    A rendering of St. Petersburg's new pier design presented during a City Council workshop in March. The proposal to put three restaurants in the $66 million Pier District is being rejected by a broad coalition: nearby businesses, advocates for the city's downtown waterfront parks, the group that helped jettison a previous pier design and neighborhood leaders. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times]
  6. St. Petersburg's Beach Drive restaurants may get competition from pier establishments

    Local Government

    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.

    With a total of about 725 seats,  the proposed restaurants in the Pier Districtg could mean competition for businesses now thriving on popular Beach Drive and other spots downtown. There is also worry about the loss of green space along the city's prized waterfront. 
[JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times (2014)]
  7. St. Petersburg Pier approach options could get costly

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The $66 million Pier District budget is getting even tighter.

  8. Panel weighs public artwork for St. Petersburg pier project

    Local Government


    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.

    Kyu Yamamoto sculpts Dignity, a girl and a boy with his hand on a firefighter’s hat. The finished bronze sits on a bench at Fire Station No. 4 at 2501 Fourth St. N.
  9. St. Pete Pier poised to survive doomsday sea level rise scenario

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — According to climate change experts, the Tampa Bay area doesn't stand a chance.

  10. St. Pete Pier demolition contractor owes money, says staffing company

    Local Government

    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.

    Demolition of the old Pier, which had been scheduled to finish in February, may now be completed in late September.

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.