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%                                                  
Joshua Streeter October 08, 2012 at 10:30 PM
My joke profile with scribbled on fake mustache? The profile that I specifically pointed out to VOTP belonged to me? I hid nothing, and only used it to post when VOTP banned me...3 times. Again, Nicholas Weathersbee, stop this. No one wants to see us go back and forth online.
Joshua Streeter October 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I forgot that I also have a badly photoshopped sombrero on my head, and I even mockingly posted from my real account so people know it's me. Yes, nefarious, me, with my "fake" profile.
N.A.W. October 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM
N.A.W is an acronym, not a name. Joshua Streeter-"I made a decision in 2006 to use my real name on ANYTHING online."
N.A.W. October 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Joshua Streeter-"I made a decision in 2006 to use my real name on ANYTHING online." ......ANYTHING. I guess that's not true.
Sharon Stubblebine February 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I showed a friend of mine visiting from out of town a picture of The Lens. His comment was where do we think we are, Dubai ? We then went out to the Pier and had a wonderful lunch at Cha Cha Coconuts. The food, the breeze, the entertainment and the view were great. I go regularly to the Columbia. I'm glad the Gonzmarts' plan to keep a Columbia restaurant downtown but half the fun of going there is getting there and the view. You'll have neither from the Dolphin Parking lot. Part of the attraction of the restaurants on the Pier is that you're out on the water with a great view. When The Pier is destroyed and the Lens is built any of the Pier restaurants and shops that decide to stay in business will just be another downtown waterfront business, competing with all the great ones already there. IMHO the city refused to put the Pier's future to a vote is because the remember what happened when they wanted to bulldoze Albert Whitted Airport and build parks, apartments, condos and restaurants on the land. The citizens voted NO and we still have an airport which has a nice restaurant. If we, the citizens of St. Petersburg are borrowing $50 million dollars we should use it for something we really need, like a new Police Headquarters, instead of a partially completed piece of art that we're now finding out is not being built the way it was promoted and only the city council knew that the $50 million was only buying us the basic structure.


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