Local voters deciding the fate of a $50 million pier project, parcel taxes, a bond issue and an alternative expenditure measure in August 27 election

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August 27, 2013

By Josh Altic

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A group called Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg, Florida, objecting to the council's decision to approve the $50 million dollar pier design of Michael Maltzan Architecture, gathered 20,000 signatures for a referendum to let the voters decide if the construction of the new pier is to continue. The election being held on August 27, 2013, will determine whether to terminate the Michael Maltzan Architecture contract for the new pier called "the Lens" or to let it continue as the council's ordinance determines. A yes vote on this referendum cancels the contract to build the new Lens pier. A no vote supports the city council's contract and allows the Lens pier construction to go forward.

Michael Maltzan Architecture is a Los Angeles based firm "committed to the creation of progressive, transformative experiences that chart new trajectories for architecture, urbanism, and the public realm."[1][2][3][4][3] The city council chose the lens design of Michael Maltzan Architecture over two other project finalist bidders: "The Wave" by Bjarke Ingels Group and "The People's Pier" by West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture.[5] For images of the Lens project and the other two designs that were rejected click here.

This question along with several other measures across three states, including parcel taxes and a bond measure in California, an alternative expenditure question in Arizona and village annexation question in Florida, are being decided by local voters today.

For full coverage of the August 27, 2013 elections in Arizona, Florida and California visit this page. Election results will be reported as they are made available, beginning at approximately 8:00 pm.

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