Jury Picks Lens as New Pier Design

ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) – A five-person panel judging three proposed designs to replace St. Petersburg’s inverted pyramid Pier chose the “Lens” Friday morning.

The St. Petersburg City Council will now conduct a workshop Thursday to talk about the jury’s decision, which ranked the “Wave” design second and discarded the third possibility, the “Eye.” The council plans to vote on the recommendations of the jury in its regular session on Feb. 2.

Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, the $44.9-million he Lens is a tiara-shaped structure that consists of looping bridges and paths that will offer views of Tampa Bay and the St. Petersburg skyline.

It would also include a waterfront park, playground, area for pedestrians and bicyclists and motorists, boat rentals and an underwater reef. The firm wants the new Pier to serve “both as a lens back to the city and a window into the underwater world beneath.”

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