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PIER COMMITTEE SELECTS THE PIER PARK

The Pier Selection Committee rankings for the new St. Petersburg Pier have been completed.

The Pier Selection Committee met on Thursday, April 23 for the purpose of ranking three pier design concepts. This ranking was based on several state mandated criteria, including: the design itself, public input, relevant experience, background and qualifications of the design teams and the technical review of the concepts.

After public comments were provided, the committee discussed the concepts, the input they had received, and deliberated on the ranking. The final ranking of the Design Concepts by the Selection Committee is as follows:

                        1. The Pier Park by Rogers and Partners/ASD/KSLA

                        2. Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group

                        3. ALMA by Alfonso Architects, Inc.

City staff will now present these rankings to City Council for approval at a meeting in the near future.  If approved by Council, city staff will begin negotiations with the first-ranked design team.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "We established a pier process that citizens on every side of this issue agreed would result in a fair and objective decision. I am proud that we have stayed true to that process and that it has been transparent and open to the public throughout. I thank the Selection Committee for their diligence and their hard work. This was not an easy job, but it was a necessary one. The iconic St. Petersburg Pier has often been the source of passionate debate in the Sunshine City, but it is also a source of great pride. I'm looking forward to the day we cut the ribbon on a new St. Petersburg Pier."

Mike Connors, public works administrator for the city and chairman of the Selection Committee said, "I appreciate the work of those on the Selection Committee as well as our city staff who have been dedicated to this process for years. The Selection Committee has chosen a preeminent architect with their associated team who will advance the detail of their iconic concept as we move closer to construction and the symbol of St. Petersburg's next chapter. With this selection we are taking a bold step towards our city's bright future."  

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