St. Petersburg officially welcomes the holiday season Friday, November 27, when Mayor Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin flip the switch to illuminate the city’s holiday tree and giant waterfront displays in the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony in Vinoy and North Straub Parks. The annual holiday tradition, which is free to the public, gets underway at 5 p.m. with live music and interactive games before the 7 p.m. tree lighting. More information is available at www.stpeteparksrec.org.
Free parking is available in the Sundial and South Core parking garages from 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday. Visitors to downtown are invited to park in either of the two facilities and ride the free downtown Park Once shuttle to the tree lighting.
Visiting downtown on Friday or Saturday nights? Locate parking easier and eliminate worries of expired meters by participating in the free Park Once shuttle program. Between 5 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturdays, pay the regular parking fee for either the Sundial, 117 Second St. N., or South Core, 101 First Ave. S., garages, then board the free Park Once shuttle to experience St. Petersburg’s waterfront, Beach Drive and Central Arts District destinations. The free shuttles run a continuous seven to 10 minute route, with five conveniently located stops, throughout downtown.
The Pier Approach Selection Committee met on Friday, October 16 for the purpose of ranking the most qualified design teams for the Pier Approach.
The final ranking of the Design Teams for the Pier Approach by the Selection Committee is as follows:
1. W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, LLC
2. Alfonso Architects
3. ASD Architects
On Thursday, November 12, St. Petersburg City Council approved the ranking of the Design Team for the Pier Approach. This authorizes city staff to begin negotiations with the first-ranked team, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, LLC of New York, in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen of St. Petersburg.
The Pier Approach is the area between the new St. Petersburg Pier project limits and the downtown core (Beach Drive and Bayshore Blvd.) that will connect the core to the new Pier with an active, multimodal connected and coordinated sequence of facilities and venues.
For more information, visit www.newstpetepier.com.
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