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New 'Lens' Pier Images Released

On Tuesday, Michael Maltzan presented an updated design for the "Lens" pier.

New images and renderings of the "Lens" pier were released Tuesday by Michael Maltzan during a presentation to City Council. 

The team also released a video rendering of the "Lens," which can be found online by clicking here

On Wednesday morning we'll have a full story on the design changes and reaction from city council. 

Wednesday will also mark a day when the city meets the VoteOnThePier petitioners in court. 

William Mansell December 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Do you like the design?
Jerry Kendall December 04, 2012 at 10:23 PM
They can dress up their fantasy drawings any way they like but it is still out of sync with our waterfront and really, just a 50 plus million dollar bike and walking path. Still a bad idea.
Clifton Long December 04, 2012 at 11:26 PM
What I'd like to know is if they anticipated seaweed and debris that that travels in and out of the bay with regularity! The waterway inside the lens is going to have to be frequently cleaned for it to maintain the image they show in the images!
Rider December 04, 2012 at 11:36 PM
This is all a diversion. The issue is that the decision on the pier should be left to the citizens of St Pete....otherwise known as the owners. There is no justification for denying this right, especially considering that referendums were held on the waterfront airport, the Coliseum, and Sunken Gardens. Surely, the pier is the most important public space in the city, if not the region.
Nicolas Weathersbee December 04, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Can't stand it as I'm sure you know William :-) The city leaders would like to bedazzle you out of remembering that they turned their backs on 23,000 registered voters that signed petitions. But that's not the kind of thing the voting population seems to forget now, is it? The renderings always show you what they want you to see, not the reality. Where's the rendering showing all the people evacuating when the alarm goes off to get you off the lens? And where exactly will people go when they do have to evacuate? there's no inside to this thing. Evacuate them to beach drive? That's a long run in the sideways rain and lightning! Run grandma run! Go to www.stopthelens.com and order a yard sign, then go to the locator to find the nearest polling station to sign the petition. Not sure if anyone has noticed, the stop the lens signs are everywhere! Help your fellow citizens to stop this now, this charade has gone on long enough. How about next time they have a vote, then they proceed with step 2?
Johann December 04, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Is this St. Petersburg or Dubai? Where are the pictures showing people trampling each other trying to get to safety when a pop-up thunderstorm starts throwing lightning bolts at the "new-and-improved" metal-framed toilet seat?
Jon December 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I started warming to the idea of a new pier design----but this is not it. We need something with food and shelter and cute little shops at the end of a walk. And that is what this is---it's a walk path. There's no reason all these people would walk on this. Let's get some more ideas. Like the others mentioned, there is no place to get out of the storm. There is no place to eat, no vehicle drop off, etc. I'm liking the existing pier better all the time. Let's think of a better attention getter that actually is more than a walkpath that is unique (i.e., Sydney Opera House, Toronto Tower, the Louvre pyramid, Space Needle)
Dan Therrien December 05, 2012 at 04:02 AM
This design still has nothing new to keep people coming back. What it needs is something like this country's first salt water theme park, something like is in the plans for Bermuda. http://bernews.com/2010/10/photo-plans-proposed-theme-water-park/ This would really bring a boost to the area economy so everyone doesn't go to Kissimmee. And except for maybe for an extension of I-175 or I-375 to take traffic directly to the pier area the juncture would be paid for by investors, It's a win win situation and someone should look into something like that.

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