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Volunteers seeking signatures for St. Pete Pier referendum

6:24 PM, Jun 23, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A grassroots group trying to save a major Tampa Bay landmark is burning the candle at both ends this weekend.

The volunteers from are trying to collect enough signatures to get a referendum on St. Pete's pier on the fall ballot.

They've only got a couple of weeks left to get approximately 10 percent of the city's 150,000- voters signed up.

But the bigger question is, what should the referendum ask? Should it be to spend $50 million to refurbish the current inverted pyramid design -- one that isn't drawing enough tourists to break even?

Or should voters simply give a "yea" or "nay" to the new "Lens" design that won a year-long international competition?

Mayor Bill Foster said if the petition gets the 15,000 required signatures, he would suggest several referendum questions on the pier this November. But ultimately, none can appear on St. Pete's ballot without approval from City Council.

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