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City Seeks to Have Pier Lawsuit Dismissed

The city of St. Petersburg is arguing that the court should dismiss a lawsuit filed in behalf of 15,652 petitioner seeking a vote on the future of the Pier. Here's how to see the complaint.

The City of St. Petersburg has responded to the Pier lawsuit filed on behalf of 15,652 Petitioners by Kathleen Ford. 

In its Response the City has requested the suit be dismissed. 

Posted here in PDF format is the City's Response and Exhibits related to the Complaint filed by the Petitioners and Ms Ford. The City Response, like the Complaint is lengthy but a very important read.

The Complaint is also Posted on Patch at: Pier Lawsuit - Complaint Filing. 

To Access  the Court records for the Complaint and City Response follow these steps: 

Access Public Court Records, Click on Guest Login. Enter the security code, click
submit.

Under Clerk Records find and click on Civil/Small Claims - Name Case Look Up. 

Under the second bar (Look up By Case Number) enter 12010312CI, Click Submit. 

This should take you to the page showing current actions in the proceedings. 

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Joshua Streeter September 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
When someone doesn't agree with you, they're arrogant? They spent 3 and a half hours in a workshop trying to get the language right; language that even VoteOnThePier couldn't agree on. A group lead by a Palm Harbor resident who wants to put a roller coaster on the Pier should have been totally ignored, as they didn't participate in the process like others did; the legal way.
Jeannie Cline September 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
The process was flawed as the substantial number of participants who wanted their voices heard and wishes considered, were totally ignored. Many participants wanted a much broader range of choices presented and the result?....all three so-called finalists presented avant-garde designs. Those (in large numbers that I noticed) wanted some traditional choices, too. If the process was so flawless, there would have been a variety of choices presented....period. Simple as that. There was not an overwhelming majority at the workshops who wanted contemporary designs and, I can easily project, that the vast majority did not want the exemplary tradition and notoriously positive pier tradition here to end, just so we can send out the signal that we had an up and coming architect design a contemporary pier. The choices certainly did not reflect the wishes of the broad range of participants' wishes, otherwise more choices would have been put forth, which is the essence of a representative republic.
Linda Lewallen September 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM
This is not about the city going through a process that would end up with a new structure which is pleasing to many city residents. This process is about Mayor Foster's firm making lots and lots and lots of money on new construction--doesn't matter what the building looks like or who likes it. The answer I got from one of the partners was "What are you going to do about it, file a federal injunction?" Would someone please tell me where to sign up to fight these money hungry scoundrel dictators?
Joshua Streeter September 15, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Mayor Foster's firm is going to make lots and lots of money? How, specifically?
Joshua Streeter September 15, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Jeannie-The people who wanted their voices heard should have played within the (flawed) process. You can't just make up your own rules, and whine that you weren't heard.

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