Kathleen Ford, Wicked Witch of the ‘burg, sues city over Pier issue

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When will Kathleen Ford just go away?

Evidently not soon enough.

VoteonThePier.com has launched its legal attack on St. Petersburg City Hall.  The plaintiffs: “15,652 Petitioners and Kathleen Ford.”

The action follows the city council’s rejection earlier this month of a petition requesting a referendum on saving the St. Petersburg Pier.

City attorneys told council members they were free to ignore the petition because it was flawed.

The lawsuit argues otherwise and goes even further.

“The Pier is specially designated as city waterfront property,” attorney Kathleen Ford told FOX 13 News. “So it has special protections under ordinance…and under the municipal charter which incorporates by reference [the] ordinance.”

In other words, the city was required to call a referendum even without a citizens’ petition.

The city’s charter contains strong protections for public waterfront property, and Ford claims the Pier building is shown on the official map of waterfront property.

“If they want to permanently dispose of what we have, it’s our contention that they need referendum approval,” Ford said.

A third part of the lawsuit filed Wednesday requests the city be enjoined from demolishing the Pier until the legal issues are resolved.

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