ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Petersburg's City Council has postponed a crucial vote on the future of the city's pier.
A decision whether to pay $1.5 million to an architect for the next design phase of a proposed pier replacement was scheduled Thursday. But the Council delayed the vote for two weeks to give members more time to review a 400-page report from the architects.
In 2010, the council voted to replace the current pier, which is along the city's waterfront and near the middle of downtown. The 40-year-old pier is well known for its inverted pyramid shape. City officials say the current structure is unsound and have voted to replace it with a $50 million modernist structure dubbed "The Lens."
Some residents oppose The Lens. A group called Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg has gathered 21,000 signatures supporting a referendum to ask voters whether they want to cancel the city's contract with the architect.