The Lens is Falling Apart

Imagine that thing crinkled up on Spa Beach, or worse yet wrapped around a couple of hundred boats in the marina.

Mayor Bill Foster can't decide if he is for the "Lens" or against it.

The designers now admit the design is flawed and all of which probably mean more money.

Plans for an upland restaurant are now being criticized by at least one council member who wants to "protect" Beach Drive restaurateurs, the very group the Pier was supposed to support.

The funding numbers can't seem to come together.

Local marine interests and experts put the kiss of death on the underwater "garden", a key selling point in the "Lens" decision and questioned its viability in a hurricane. Imagine that thing crinkled up on Spa Beach, or worse yet wrapped around a couple of hundred boats in the marina. Talk about liability.

The design is in a state of flux and the architect is on the defensive.

Almost asking to vote on the project.

You would think the elected representatives would be getting the message. The "Lens" is not going to work and it appears the people don't want it.

It is time for Mayor Foster, City Council and staff to quit worrying about what the Tampa Bay Times thinks. They will probably leave St. Pete pretty soon, anyhow.

Admit the process was flawed from the start and just let it go.

As this mess drags on the public continues to lose any confidence they have left in those desperately clinging to the "Lens" for art's sake. It's time for Curran, Danner and Kennedy to get on the train (or maybe that Trolley) before it leaves the station and help shut this project down.

But no, the City is putting the worst possible face on the existing Pier at Pier Facts. Using the City web site as a propaganda tool to reinforce the "Lens" project. Not providing alternative information. Still trying to turn an albatross into art and sell it to people that don't want it.

I have heard about going down with the ship, but going down with the Pier is a new one to me.

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Jeannie Cline July 30, 2012 at 01:57 PM
GO DOC GO!!!! The proponents of the walkway to nowhere continue avoiding facing the truth that "their" vision is not shared by the community. They continue forcing this concept down our throats, all on the taxpayer dole, and are now about to sign another contract with a construction company. Cronyism at it worst. Keep the pressure up, Doc.
SonnyPeters July 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How about we replace the pier with a new stadium and keep the rays in st pete?
Jerry Kendall July 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I could not agree more with your comments about the Lens and the TAMPA Bay Times. The Times never fails to disappoint and immediately resorted to name calling and derision in their support of the white elephant Lens. In their view, we are all obstructionists and uninformed critics, if we dare to disagree with them. I beg to differ and think, as you do, that the citizens that have signed that petition and many more, that have not, know that the Lens is a flawed and expensive solution to a question that no one has asked. I just can't understand what it takes for the Council and the Mayor to get this. I guess they will get the point in their next election - especially Curran.
cherylwithac July 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Now city officials want to protect Beach Drive restaurants? Talk about trying to micromanage St. Petersburg. What's wrong with trusting in free enterprise? If enough people choose to eat at those restaurants, they survive. If not--if competition from elsewhere is too steep--they fail. Simple enough.
Jeannie Cline July 30, 2012 at 08:07 PM
....overheard someone say, recently....." the Lens is now called "Curran's Crud" since Bill Foster has supported the referendum!!!! so it is no longer "Foster's Folly"!!!
Robert Thompson July 31, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Parisians hated the Eifel Tower..............
Voteonthepier August 01, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Yet they fix it over and over and over again, because they love it.....hmmmm
Red August 06, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Oh yes , my heart just skips a beat when I think of that upside down (what the hell IS that)pier. I moved here in 1978 and postcards and people that fondly remember the Million Dollar Pier can still be seen and heard. Hmmmmm . .. ...
Red August 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Question: Will people that live in St.Pete. want to avoid the lens as much as we avoid the upsidedown thing? More(?) one more time. .. HMMmmmm. .. ... ...?


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