All You Need to Know to Vote On The LENS

There is no air conditioned Restaurant in the $50 Million dollar design

The LENS is not functional

The LENS does not fit with the nature of the waterfront

The LENS is not practical

The LENS is just plain ugly

No matter where you live in St. Pete you will be paying for it

How do you stop all of this madness?

Just VOTE YES on the only question on the Ballot.

A YES VOTE cancels the contract to design and build the LENS.

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Bill H. August 23, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Dennis, where oh where do you think the number 50 million came from??? Do you think somebody just made it up or that it came from space or something? No, that was the amount they said it would cost after they went in and looked at the pier. Why a 50 million dollar project? Because that's the original estimate.
Bill H. August 23, 2013 at 05:37 PM
So Dennis, rather than a link to a commercial, while these are not my words, here are some facts: Parsons Brinkerhoff analyzed the Pier. In 2005, the City Council amended the Intown Redevelopment Plan to include the Pier project: replacement of Pier approach ($22.2 million); replacement of Pier head structure ($12 million); replacement of Pier head retail ($6.1 million); restoration of structurally sound inverted pyramid structure ($4.3 million); and design/permitting administration of $5.4 million, totaling $50 million. This is where the $50 million Pier project originated. (The 2011 council deleted the specific line-items from the redevelopment plan.) The Pier Task Force suggested widening the bridge from 100 feet to 150 feet. Neither the Southwest Florida Water Management District nor the Army Corps of Engineers would approve of this because they limit reconstruction to the footprint to protect the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserve. The city's $87 million estimate was derived from this never-to-be-allowed widening of the bridge. ... The inverted pyramid is a significant city real estate asset. It is structurally sound. Furthermore, independent engineers have estimated that the bridge can be replaced and the inverted pyramid building renovated within the $50 million budget. Moreover, a newly replaced bridge and renovated building would reduce or eliminate the subsidy. City staff had advised the City Council that the city made a profit from the Pier leases when the costs associated with maintaining the bridge were removed. Facts should be the basis for all city decision making. Here, the citizens of St. Petersburg have a significant investment in their Pier. They should have all the facts and have a vote on whether their Pier should be demolished or renovated. Of course, I thought it would be fiscally prudent to obtain voter approval prior to spending millions of dollars on the controversial Lens design. A year ago I asked for this vote. So now we find ourselves facing the Aug. 27 vote where we will see whether Mayor Bill Foster and City Council wasted $3.8 million on Maltzan's Lens. Vote Yes to Stop The Lens!
Dennis Raymond August 23, 2013 at 06:15 PM
There have been many St Pete Piers over the years, not one has been put to a vote and there's a reason for that. Public works should not be subject to referendums like this. As we've seen, opinions on this issue are all over the board and coming up with a consensus just ain't gonna happen. Stop the Lens means years of contentious bickering with no idea of what's to come. Time to be pragmatic and accept what we know rather than make decisions based on fiction and what ifs. Vote No and we can move forward.
Bill H. August 23, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Just because it has never happened before, doesn't mean it shouldn't have happened. If there had been a vote on refurbishing the current pier, we wouldn't be where we are today. We can and will do better than the lens. Vote Yes to stop the Lens.


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