St. Petersburg City Council meets to lay out pier plan, kill the Lens for good

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The St. Petersburg Pier's current "inverted pyramid" design.



St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Pete City Council will meet Thursday for the first time since voters decided to scrap the Lens design for a new pier.

We're expecting two major steps today that will mark the start of the divided city coming together and laying out a new plan.

The meeting sets the tone for a process that will take years, building a pier that will last for generations.

And the City Council member who kicked it off is the same one who was on the panel that originally chose that now-dead Lens design.

Council Member Leslie Curran has asked Mayor Bill Foster to speak to the council.

He's supposed to lay out the plan that he's recommending to move forward in deciding a new future for the pier.

His presentation is expected to be based on what the 828 Alliance wants. The alliance is a group assembled by Foster of people from both sides of the Lens debate.

They've decided they want a pier selection process with a ton of public input that starts with as many as 30 different pier concepts. One of those concepts may include the expensive option of renovating the current pyramid pier.

The other major move during Thursday's meeting will start a clock ticking.

A city spokesperson says technically, the Lens designers are still working for the city. But City Council will officially approve the election results from last week on Thursday.

That move activates a five-day window for the city's staff to formally end its contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture and sever its ties to the Lens for good.

St. Petersburg's City Council meets at City Hall, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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