The Pier Project, led by the City of St. Petersburg’s Development Coordination - Managing Director, Chris Ballestra, gave the presentation. The city staff addressed a variety of topics, including design, costs, and timetable. Emphasizing that the city had kept the feedback of the business community and the public at large in mind during the design process, the team discussed some specific areas of concern: restaurants, green space, and parking. The new Pier, for example, will have significantly reduced vertical square footage and parking, in favor of family-friendly natural spaces.
The team then took questions and comments from the attendees, which were constructive and civil. While there was some disagreement regarding specific features, the assembly as a whole agreed that the Pier needed to be built with a forward-thinking mindset as a world-class structure that addresses the needs of families, tourists, and locals while showcasing St. Petersburg’s uniqueness. Interested parties are encouraged to continue giving input via the Pier Survey, which can be accessed here.