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Pier demolition reveals gloomy construction guts

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So, we all knew it was coming. The city told us it would take six weeks for the St. Pete Pier to be erased from the downtown skyline. We’re now winding up week three of demolition of the actual structure and yet, somehow, it’s still shocking. Images of the Pier, what remains of it anyway, Friday afternoon are shocking. It’s not even “wow” shocking, it’s “holy sh*t” shocking. The entire southwest corner of the Pier is gone. The northwest corner…

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Rick Kriseman comments on Pier ‘vitriol’ on local Internet radio show

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman sat down with local musician and  Mark Etherington to discuss all things Sunshine City during a guest segment on St. Pete Radio’s Homemade Broadcast. That conversation included the controversial Pier demolition. Crews began dismantling the Pier piece by piece Monday afternoon with a giant excavator. The inverted pyramid is expected to be completely erased from the downtown skyline within six weeks, with total demolition of the Pier head and approach done by February. While some are continuing to…

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Pier Park is coming — meet its creators

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Now that the St. Petersburg Pier is officially being toppled – cranes and heavy machinery eat away at the inverted pyramid a little more each day – it’s about time to start looking a little further into the team working to replace it. The groups involved include New York-based Rogers Partners Architects, the Tampa-based architectural firm ASD, Ken Smith Landscape Architecture and St. Pete’s Booth’s Design Group. The team was assembled by ASD to include a combination of big-name, nationally…

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Advice to Pier activists: Round two

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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, opponents of the city’s Pier selection process and subsequent decisions need to chill out. This isn’t a matter of who is right or who is wrong. People on both sides of the issue – those who hoped to preserve the inverted pyramid and those who support Pier Park – are passionate about the city and its immaculate downtown waterfront. Both sides’ opinions are rooted in genuine love and a desire to…

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Two restaurants planned for St. Pete Pier uplands one step away from funding

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St. Pete City Council moved a funding mechanism during a meeting Thursday that could eventually allow the city to use $20 million from the downtown tax incremental funding district to develop the uplands area of the St. Pete Pier. The plan includes two restaurant locations that would later be leased out to restaurants to operate near the St. Pete Museum of History and the Pelican Parking Lot overlooking Albert Whitted Airport. Though the ideas are still in their infancy, St.…

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St. Pete photographer memorializes beginning stages of Pier demolition

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St. Pete photographer Joey Vadder put together a short video documenting the St. Pete Pier demolitions so far and you have to see it. Even if you’re a Pier Park supporter, it’ll bring a tear to your eye. The video shows a close up image of the Pier behind the sealed off fences. The structure is shown still mostly intact with piles of ruble from the beginning stages of demolition surrounding it, particularly on the south side of the inverted…

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St. Pete honors the now toppling inverted pyramid

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Some 600 people lined the sidewalk leading to the shuttered Pier to grab a piece of history during a two hour rally aimed at honoring the Pier’s past while celebrating its future. The event, overlooking Spa Beach and the iconic inverted pyramid, attracted more people than even city officials anticipated. They came prepared with just 200 brick pavers with the inverted pyramid Pier emblem shown on the front. Those left waiting were able to put their name on a list…

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