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New design for St. Pete's Lens

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The public spoke out and major changes are made to The Lens pier design.

The head of the Lens design team in St. Petersburg, Lisa Wannemacher, of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, attended most of the 63 public hearings and presentations where citizens in St. Petersburg got the chance to provide their feedback about the Lens pier design. 

"Thousands and thousands of citizens showed up at these meetings and we made significant design changes based on their ideas and concerns," Wannemacher said.

From building materials to more shade to keep visitors comfortable on the extended walkways, Wannemacher said the public had great ideas to improve the original Lens design. Their voices were heard.

One of the major concerns was that people would be able to do the same things they could at the iconic inverted pyramid St. Petersburg pier, Wannemacher mentioned. 

"You can fish, bike, and get something to eat on the extended walkways of the revised Lens design," Wannemacher said. 

She described how visitors would be able to take an elevator ride to a lookout area covered by a large canopy that provides shade for on-lookers.

"The Lens is now designed to give people who don't own a boat the experience of being on the water," Wannemacher said.

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