City Council to vote on adding $14M to budget for new St. Pete Pier

St. Pete leaders will vote on whether or not they plan to add another $14 million to the budget for the new St. Pete Pier on Thursday.

This is the money Pinellas County had for a canceled transportation project. The money would be used for a bigger, better splash pad for the kids with twice as many jets, a kayak launch at Spa Beach, a water recreation zone and a floating platform near the education center.

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Additionally, there would be some parking and transportation improvements.

If approved, the total price tag for the St. Pete Pier would rise to a jaw dropping $80 million. That would include $46 million previously allocated for a new pier and $20 million for the uplands.

Critics have said too much money is being spent on the new pier and some of those voices could be heard at Thursday's meeting.

The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

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