You can ride, walk, or fish on the St. Pete pier again
7:58 PM, Jan 6, 2014
8:48 AM, Jan 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - You can ride, walk, or fish on the St. Pete pier again.
"The pier's still standing so the fences should've never been there. I'm liking this a lot better," said biker Lancer Parker.
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"I was hoping, why did they put it up when the first beginning? They left us out of fishing, you know what I'm saying," said Al Davis.
Fences came down Sunday giving the public access again to the troubled structure but folks like Davis know it's still a long timeline before the pier makes a comeback. "It's sad," he said.
Mayor Rick Kriseman who took office Thursday named the iconic landmark a priority during the election.
"During the campaign, I talked about a timeline that got it done by the end of 2015. Ideally, I'd love to see that happen. I was often asked isn't that rather ambitious? And my answer is yes it is," he said.
But a transition team tasked with recommendations on the pier's future laid out a much longer timeline putting forth a 2017 framework for either a revitalization or redesign. That's two years longer than the $50 million dollar futuristic lens plan voters nixed in August.
"I don't want to see that happen. I want this thing done as quickly as we can so this is going to be a focus of my administration. We are, you know, I want to read the transition team's reports and then take that next step to get back out to the community one additional time," said Mayor Kriseman