David McKalip says St. Pete should stop spending money on the Lens until referendum happens

  • David McKalip

Today, District 4 City Council candidate David McKalip said that he is calling on the St. Petersburg City Council to refrain from spending any more money on the Lens design concept — which would replace the current Pier — until voters get a chance to weigh in on the issue on a referendum later this summer.

Currently the city has committed $1.7 million in pre-construction services for the L.A. based architectural firm led by Michael Maltzan, as well as to Skanska, the local construction company involved with building the Lens. The next allocation of $1.5 million toward the design is scheduled to go before the Council next month, but McKalip said that vote should not happen. He said the city should delay all efforts and concentrate on putting up a ballot measure on August 27.

"The citizens are mobilizing to get the vote they deserve on the Pier, and the city should not waste money on an architect for a Pier project that may never get built until they have heard from the citizens," McKalip said in a statement.