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Pier Selection Committee chooses Pier Park for new St. Pete icon

04/25/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: pier, St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Janelle Irwin

Last night, the Pier Selection Committee approved the design known as Pier Park as its top-ranked team. That design was number two in the city’s public survey. Destination, the public’s top ranked team and the only design that would have renovated the current inverted pyramid, was ranked number two by the selection committee.

The issue has been a contentious one. Following a ballot referendum in 2013 in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the previous chosen design called the Lens, the ci...

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New St. Pete pier design on the horizon listen

01/23/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: St. Pete, Saint Petersburg, pier, downtown

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A new St Pete pier design is moving closer to a reality minus one proposal. Friday the advisory committee voted on which proposals will make it to the next round. The committee doesn’t want any surprises when the designs are presented to the public next month.

The committee members took turns critiquing each design. When the members finished they took a preliminary vote on a motion to eliminate the AH HA Design Group. This motion eventually passed 5 to 1.

A new pier design is part of a ...

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St. Pete unveils 8 new design possibilities for Pier listen

12/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: St. Petersburg, St. Pete, pier, St. Pete Pier, architecture, construction, Tampa Bay

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The City of St. Petersburg has unveiled eight possible concepts for a new Pier design.

Eight architectural firms spent up to $30,000 to create initial design concepts, which can now be seen on the city’s website.

Raul Quintana is St. Petersburg’s city architect. WMNF News spoke with him this morning before the designs were unveiled.

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Update on new pier design in St. Pete listen

08/25/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: pier, St. Pete

Today on the Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with LEED Architect, Raul Quintana about the process to select a new pier design in St. Pete.

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Five public meetings planned for St. Pete Pier listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, pier, downtown st. pete, Rick Kriseman, Ben Kirby

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The city of St. Pete is asking for the public’s help designing a new pier. The first of 5 public meetings kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Child’s Park Recreation Center on the Southside. the city’s Ben Kirby is the city's communications director.

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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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