The push for a public referendum on the Pier is not dead

click to enlarge Residents gathered to hear about a petition for referendum on the pier Saturday. - ARIELLE STEVENSON
Arielle Stevenson
Residents gathered to hear about a petition for referendum on the pier Saturday.

As the sun set outside the inverted pyramid Saturday, around 75 people attended a forum on the third floor of the pier. Residents and business owners came to learn about the petition for a public vote on the pier.

click to enlarge Residents gathered to hear about a petition for referendum on the pier Saturday. - ARIELLE STEVENSON
Arielle Stevenson
Residents gathered to hear about a petition for referendum on the pier Saturday.
  • Arielle Stevenson
  • Residents gathered to hear about a petition for referendum on the Pier Saturday.

Architectural Designs, Inc. of Tampa presented their plan to "renew" the Pier within budget and without closing it down. According to their architect, Ken Kroger, the Pier was actually designed to have additional floors, which could be an option. Kroger said the foundation and causeway need replacing but the base of the pyramid is fine.

"Right now you can't appreciate the full effect of this inverted pyramid," Kroger said. "It's diluted by the buildings underneath it. The one-story buildings that surround the structure have to be demolished in this plan."

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