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Council Member Wengay Newton votes to end design contract on the Lens Pier project listen

07/15/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Council Member Wengay Newton voted to terminate the contract on the Lens Pier project with Michael Maltzan Architecture, the designers of the new development. St. Petersburg officials chose not to conduct early voting for the August primary, but residents can still cast mail-in ballots in person. Newton announced his vote during a press conference at the Supervisor of Elections Office in St. Petersburg, Friday. He encouraged all St. Petersburg residents to vote now.

“For me this is a c...

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Lens critics grill local architect about new St. Pete pier plans listen

03/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An architect working on the new St. Pete pier design dispelled what she calls myths about the $50 million project. More than 100 people crowded a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting Tuesday to ask Lisa Wannemacher questions about the Lens.

“It is not a sidewalk to nowhere. The pier is a promenade to a place.”

But critics have continued to lambaste city officials and architects over the project. After the design was chosen in 2011, a group called [Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg](http...

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Remembering the 2012 battle to save St. Pete's Pier and looking forward to keeping it going listen

01/03/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The iconic inverted pyramid that is the St. Petersburg Pier may have just rung in its last new year. St. Pete City Council members voted last year to have the Pier demolished at the end of this May. After that a new Pier called the Lens is set to replace it. That design was chosen after a lengthy international competition and is an over-water pedestrian and bike path. Critics of the new design bombarded city council meetings throughout the year and gathered thousands of petition signature...

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A look at the sports world / Petition to get Pier decision put on St. Pete ballot

07/05/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Two guests graced the airwaves on the day after the July 4 holiday.

Dave Zirin has the distinction of being the first ever true sportswriter to be on the masthead of the Nation magazine. Writing from a distinctly progressive view about politics, Zirin shared his thoughts on some recent issues which he's either written or blogged about in the Nation or his own blog.

Also on the program Tom Lambdon with voteonthepier.com, a local group in St. Pete fighting to have the citizens of St. Pete...

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Despite objections, St. Pete officials move forward with plans to replace the Pier listen

06/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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City officials in St. Petersburg are moving closer to finalizing plans to replace the pier and its iconic “inverted pyramid.” Thirty-five people showed up Tuesday night in South St. Pete to one of several information-gathering public meetings about the future of the downtown pier.

After years of consideration, St. Pete City Council voted in May to approve a contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture for the construction of an all-new structure. Jason Jensen, an architect with the com...

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City council members in St. Pete aren't sure about new Pier budget listen

01/27/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg has chosen a design known as "The Lens" for its new Pier. At a workshop yesterday some City Council members raised budget concerns about the project.

Council member Jim Kennedy said an independent review and analysis of “The Lens” design was conducted ...

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New St. Pete Pier proposals don't include everything in the drawings listen

12/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nearly 200 residents showed up today at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg for a chance to hear from designers vying for a chance to replace the city’s iconic pier. The three companies all incorporated the concept of merging downtown with the waterfront.

Architects from BIG proposed a design they are calling the Wave. It’s a giant loop that dives into Tampa Bay. The plans include a top-floor viewing room with an obse...

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Some St. Pete residents prefer the current design to any of the three new proposals for the Pier listen

12/09/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg city officials have selected the three finalists for a design that could replace the structurally deficient Pier. The public is torn between the three proposals, but many prefer the existing design.

Architectural renderings, videos and three-dimensional models of the three concepts are on display to the public at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. They’re being called [the Lens, the Eye, and the Wave](http://ww...

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St. Pete City Council approves three finalists to redesign the pier listen

09/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Pete City Council approved a list of three finalists who will compete to redesign the St. Pete Pier. The city even hopes to outshine big cities like Chicago with the new waterfront.

In a 6-1 vote, the council voted with overwhelming support to approve three designers to conceive the new $55 million city project. Last month a five member jury shortlisted three finalists t...

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New St. Pete Pier design finalists shortlisted to three listen

08/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The St. Petersburg Pier is now one step closer to getting a total makeover. Last Friday a jury narrowed down the list of new design competitors to a final three.

The City of St. Petersburg is world renowned for its water front parks, commitment to the arts, and its iconic pier, which for more than 30 years has been a city landmark and destination, but is now set to be replaced. A five member jury of architects, politicia...

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