Setback for opponents of new St. Pete pier - WFLA News Channel 8

Setback for opponents of new St. Pete pier

Posted: Updated:
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster says he is pleased with a judge's decision to allow the city to move forward on a replacement for the St. Pete Pier. St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster says he is pleased with a judge's decision to allow the city to move forward on a replacement for the St. Pete Pier.
ST PETERSBURG -

The debate over the future of St. Petersburg's pier goes on.  Even with a ruling Friday that goes against a group that opposes a new structure called "The Lens" on the downtown waterfront.

A judge ruled the petition drive by the group "Vote On The Pier" to get a referendum on the ballot did not meet specific requirements.

Mayor Bill Foster said, "It really affirms what our legal staff told us about eight months ago as to whether the city should be compelled to take out that particular question on the ballot....and the judge ruled there were fatal defects in that question."

But another group, "Stop The Lens," is also collecting thousands of signatures in effort to stop a new pier from being built.

The latest leader to sign onto the campaign is St. Petersburg city councilman Wengay Newton.

Newton said, "The people deserved the right to vote.  Remember, the intent of this whole thing is for the people to have a democratic say on what goes on their waterfront."

The "Stop The Lens" group must collect nearly 16,000 signatures to get the question on the ballot, but they don't have a timetable.

Councilman Newton added, in order for the "Stop The Lens" campaign to continue, they will have to get a vote on what happens on the waterfront. If the petitions are not successful, on August 22nd voters can decide whether the mayor and half of council are reelected.

Still, the mayor wants to see things move forward saying the city can't afford to maintain the old pier.

Mayor Foster added, "That inverted pyramid has a special place in my heart.  We just don't have 80 million dollars to fix the current pier... so it has got to come down."

So for now, the battle over the future of pier is far from over.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.