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St. Petersburg, Florida -- There's a big announcement happening today on the future of a Bay Area icon. We expect to learn new mayor Rick Kriseman's plans for the St. Pete Pier.

Voters said "yes" to Kriseman and "no" to the Lens pier design last year. Since then, Kriseman has been working to get different groups on board, meeting with dozens of people from all sides of the debate.

Many of those people -- including the folks who worked to derail the Lens design -- may be standing alongside the mayor at the announcement at 1 o'clock Thursday.

So what's the plan?

City Council member Karl Nurse told the Tampa Bay Times that a committee will choose around ten designers. Those ten will do sketches and proposals.

Then the public weighs in. Input from the public will cut those ten down to three ideas. The City Council and city staff will make the final pick from those three.

And, from what we understand, the option of keeping the existing pyramid building will still be on the table.

There are still a lot of questions surrounding the pier's future, but it looks like one thing is clear: this won't happen quickly.

When he was campaigning, Mayor Kriseman pushed to have a new pier -- or a renovated one -- open by the end of 2015. But since then, studies and estimates have put a realistic opening in 2017 or 2018.

You can count on 10 News to keep you connected on this. We'll be covering the announcement and have the news right away here on wtsp.com.

PHOTOS: Past St. Petersburg Pier designs

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