Top Left – Destination St. Pete Pier
Top Right – The Pier Park – The Committee’s Top Pick. The design got the most votes from the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Bottom Left – Alma
Design Photos: http://www.newstpetepier.com
Updated May 7, 2015 – The St. Petersburg City Council voted for the Pier Selection Committee’s top choice –the Pier Park design today to replace the old pier.
Updated April 24, 2015 – The New St. Petersburg Pier Selection committee chose the Pier Park design to recommend to St. Petersburg City Council. The council meets in May to approve or reject the The Pier Park design.
March 24, 2015
The New St. Petersburg Pier Selection Committee considered the public’s top 3 design choices for the new St. Petersburg Pier. On Friday, March 20th, the selection committee announced the design concepts under consideration are Alma, Destination St. Pete Pier and The Pier Park and eliminated 4 of the seven designs submitted.
A public survey for the new pier was from February 23 through March 6, 2015.
16,797 St. Petersburg, Florida residents, including 9,631 over the age of 18, participated in the public survey. The Destination St. Pete Pier design received the most votes (10,751); The Pier Park (6,811 votes) and Alma (4,022 votes)
Each design team received $30,000 stipend for their concept.
The St. Petersburg Pier, known as the “Inverted Pyramid” has been the iconic focal point for tourists, residents and the city’s waterfront. The pier was closed in June 2013 due to structural deterioration of the quarter mile approach leading to the Pier head. After the city council approved the LENS design, a citizen-driven referendum in August 2013 stopped the project moving forward.
After a new mayor took office in 2014, Mayor Rick Kriseman asked to remove the fences around the Pier Head. The building inside remains closed to the public. The rest of the pier is open for pedestrians, fishing and other activities.