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St. Pete Pier plans could move forward this week

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The Southwest Florida Water Management District will consider a permit request from the City of St. Petersburg Wednesday to demolish the pier. The city cannot proceed with its plans to tear the pier down without the environmental resource permit.

Barricades and signs now block the entrance to the St. Petersburg Pier.  It officially closed to the public Friday.  Several visitors said they were surprised to find the pier closed Tuesday.

"We hoped to have breakfast there, but now we have to look for some other place," said a German tourist Achim Frank.

Frank and his friends walked down to the Pier Tuesday after reading about it in their tourist guide.  As they stopped at the road blocks, several other unknowing visitors drove up and were forced to make U-turns by security guards.

The meeting about the demolition permit is at the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Tampa office at 9 a.m.  Officials will take the comments and concerns from the meeting into consideration, as they decide whether to grant the permit.

The St. Pete City Council will also discuss the pier's future at its Thursday meeting.  Council members will decide what questions should be on the ballot for the city's special election in August about the pier's replacement plans.

The existing pier will be completely closed to the public for two weeks.  It will reopen to pedestrians and fishermen on June 17.  City plans call for the demolition to start in a few months.




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