No Pier Over 'Lens'? Worst Idea in Tampa Bay?
A survery of St. Petersburg residents showed they'd rather have nothing than the $50 million 'Lens' icon in Tampa Bay.
StPetePolls has released its results from its September poll and survey says St. Petersburg residents would rather have no pier at all than have the "Lens" 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent.
According to readers of Creative Loafing, the feeling is mutual. In its annual "Best of the Bay" awards, Michael Maltzan Architecture's "Lens" pier design received the "worst idea of Tampa Bay" award.
"The Lens" has greater support among younger poll respondents. According to results from StPetePolls, more than 50 percent of those between 18 and 49 years of age would rather build the "Lens". However, those 50 and older would rather build no pier at all.
The alternative weekly also had Mayor Bill Foster as runner-up to "worst local politician." That award went to State Sen. Ronda Storms. According to StPetePolls, however, Foster is viewed more favorably.
According to the poll results, Foster has 52.7 percent approval rating compared to 47.5 percent who do not improve. Foster is fairing better than city council, which has only a 43.8 percent approval rating.
Other StPetePolls.org results:
- Would you support building a new Rays baseball stadium in the Carillon area of north St Petersburg? Yes: 42.1% No: 57.9%
- Do you think the city installing red light cameras was a good thing? Yes: 50.7% No: 49.3%
- Would you support raises or one time bonuses next year for city employees who have not received raises in over 4 years? Yes: 67.1% No: 32.9%