Bryan Friesen Photography - Sunrise at the St. Petersburg Pier
St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Lens is now off the table, but it's being replaced by what could be a slew of new pier options, and that includes potentially keeping the existing inverted pyramid pier.
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Expect to see 30 different options for a new St. Pete Pier. That number would be narrowed to 10 by local experts. And then --with a ton of public input -- a final plan will be picked.
Former Stop the Lens leader Fred Whaley thinks a new pier design can be chosen within a year.
"It's very hard to get everybody to agree on anything. But I think two-thirds of the people kind of voted with the idea that the Lens wasn't correct," said Whaley, who heads Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg. "I think what they want is something more around what the task force originally asked for, which is a family-oriented destination waterfront."
Whaley is now in the 828 Alliance, a group tasked by Mayor Bill Foster to deliver a plan the day after the Lens pier vote -- August 28th -- to pick a new pier design with broad public support.
Their plan calls for potentially around 30 design submissions from people in Tampa Bay and around the world, Whaley said.
Renovating the existing pyramid pier will still be an option, even though it would cost tens of millions of dollars to upgrade and has had low attendance in recent years.
"If it financially doesn't work or the structure isn't sound, one of those things could fail it. But otherwise, it could compete with the rest of the ideas... at least that's what the 828 committee decided," Whaley said.
The 828 Alliance will present its plan to Mayor Foster at St. Petersburg City Hall at 4 p.m. Wednesday. We'll have coverage starting on 10 News at 5.
Grayson Kamm, 10 News