St. Petersburg, Florida -- The poll results are in on how some St. Petersburg residents felt about the previously proposed "The Lens" design and what they want out of a new pier.
The City outsourced the research firm OpinionWorks to conduct a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly-selected St. Petersburg registered voters was conducted Nov. 12-16.
The survey examined the level of visitation of the Inverted Pyramid, perceptions of the Lens design, priorities for a City Pier of any design, and preferences for the features that might be included in a new pier.
Of the 67% of residents who voted on the new pier design in August 2013, 68% say they voted against "The Lens" design.
When asked about specific features of the design and whether they thought the changes were for the better, worse, or made no difference to them, respondents in all instances said they were for the worse.
When asked if they would prefer a commercial pier with attractions like restaurants and retail shops, or a pier without commercial establishments, 79% of pollsters said they would prefer a commercial pier.
READ: Full results of City of St. Pete's Pier Survey
MORE: St. Pete Pier Summary of Poll Findings
Overall, highest on residents' priority list was fine dining in air conditioned spaces on a pier with iconic or landmark design and sweeping views. A strong secondary theme was having an outdoor experience that includes open-air casual dining spaces and areas for walking, jogging, cycling and fishing.
In addition to the scientific telephone survey, an online survey was also conducted online at www.stpete.org (non-scientific) and is now closed. City officials say the results will be available after they are tabulated.
NOTE: Both mobile telephones and landlines were included in this large survey sample, which the city says is representative of all eight City Council districts and has been weighted to reflect the city's underlying demographics. The findings have a potential sampling error of no more than +-3.1% at the 95% confidence level.