Lens prospects looking dimmer as referendum date draws closer

Mayor Bill Foster is also struggling in his bid for re-election.

And attention Jim Kennedy fans. The District 2 City Councilman, the only incumbent who had been running unopposed, now has a challenger in environmentalist Lorraine Margeson (or maybe not, as Mark Puente at the Times reported). The two candidates are in a statistical battle at 22 percent each, with the vast majority (56 percent) undecided.


But back to the Lens.


Voters who said they opposed the Michael Maltzan-designed structure were given six choices for why they are against the Lens. The top criticism? More than 35 percent said their opposition lies in the fact that they were not allowed to vote on the future of the Pier. The next closest choice, 18.5 percent, said they didn't like the design.


Of those who said they support the plan, 33.6 percent said it's because it reflects the strong focus on the arts in the community, followed by another 30 percent who said there will be lots to do at the new structure.


The folks at St. Pete Polls called 1524 people in their survey conducted Monday night.

Although Jeff Danner, Leslie Curran and other advocates of the Lens think support for the St. Pete Pier's replacement design will increase with more education, a new survey by St.Pete Polls indicates that it may be too late for that.

The survey out Tuesday shows the Lens — on the ballot Aug. 27 — losing 63-28 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

The poll also shows that Bill Foster may be in a major fight to survive the Aug. 27 primary, where he'll be on the ballot with Kathleen Ford and Rick Kriseman.

When asked how's he doing in the survey, St. Pete voters responded by a 56-43 percent margin that they don't think the mayor is doing a good job.

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