Critics to deliver petitions against new St. Pete pier
ST. PETERSBURG -
A grassroots organization formed to fight the city's plans to build a new $50-million pier plans to file a petition seeking a referendum on the controversial project Wednesday morning.
Leaders of Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg say they will deliver boxes with roughly 20,000 signatures to the City Clerk's office at 9:30 a.m. The petition calls for the city to cancel its contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture, the designer of the futuristic new pier known as the Lens.
Provided more than roughly 15,500 of the signatures match names on the city's electoral rolls, the referendum is expected to be included on the Aug. 27 primary ballots, when residents will also vote on the race for mayor and four City Council seats.
Staff at the City Clerk's office will count the petition. It will then be handed over to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office for the signatures to be verified.
The City Council is scheduled to vote whether to spend $1.5 million on the next design phase of the Lens on Thursday.