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Stop The Lens Releases Anti-Lens Video

The video is in response to promotional videos released earlier this month supporting the "Lens".

Just weeks after promotional videos supporting the "Lens" were released, a local group looking to stop the lens has released a promotion video of its own. 

In the video shown above, local business owners and activists associated with the group "Stop the Lens" speak out against the Michael Maltzan design. The "Lens" is the pier design slated to replace the existing St. Petersburg Pier

Stop the Lens posted the video Sunday night, along with the message: "You think the pitchman Sully knows how to make some media stuff? Concerned Citizens is on the move."

The group was referring to TV pitchman, St. Petersburg resident and "Lens" supporter Anthony Sullivan. Earlier this year Sullivan created a group, "WOW Our Waterfront St. Pete" to support the "Lens". 

Sullivan told Patch earlier this year that "Lens" supporters need to speak up because their voices were being drowned out by those opposing the project. 

"If you like the 'Lens' speak up," Sullivan told Patch in October. "Don't let it be steamrolled over. People seem to think I’m anti-democracy. I would just like people who like of the idea of the 'Lens' to come out, speak up and get into conservation."

You can also view one of the "Lens" promotional videos by clicking on the YouTube video below the Stop the Lens video. 

Stephen Urgo December 24, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What a bunch of naysayers. In the words of the late Spiro Agnew: "nattering nabobs of negativism".
Rider December 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Stephen, you don't have to get ugly, although your slams don't really matter. There is a big diversity of opinion on this project and, in true St Pete tradition, the people deserve a vote on THEIR public park and waterfront. May the best design and proposal win.
JW December 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Concerned grumpy white rich senior citizen men. The average age of st. Pete is 39. Change is needed and the money is limited. These guys have shown no alternative and the retail they want costs. If retail is such a good idea then put your money behind it. You can add whatever you want if you bring money to the table. You saint because you don't think you can make a profit but you ask the city to do so the taxpayers can pay the shortfall as subsidies. The lens saves 800000 a year and emphasizes st. Pete as a arts destination which is our main tourist draw now. People don't come here for lawn bowling anymore.
Stephen Urgo December 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
We elect people to make decisions on public projects. If the people were allowed to vote on every public project proposed, I doubt anything would ever get done or built. The new pier went through a lengthy process including public input on designs proposed. The best design and proposal did win.
Joyce A Walker January 31, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Joyce W The Lens would have so much more for St. Pete even a water park for kids, and the floor of the Lens would make it possible to view sea life up close and personal, and so much more. I love the Pier, I look at it ever day out my window, but the Lens would be so much better for St. Pete.

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