St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster addresses the public after winning the municipal primary election on August 27, 2013.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Voters have made it clear they don't want The Lens to replace the St. Petersburg Pier.
During the city's Municipal Primary Election Tuesday, Sixty-three percent of St. Petersburg residents voted "yes" on a referendum that asked if they'd like to fire the architectural company behind the pier's proposed "Lens" design, and start over.
A large number of people turned out to vote for or against the controversial plan, and according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, nearly 30,000 residents had voted by mail prior to election day.
Those opposed to The Lens say they expected victory all along, but admit they were surprised by the strong message voters sent.
Residents also had a chance to cast their vote for St. Petersburg mayor. Bill Foster received 40% of the vote, while Rick Kriseman received nearly 39%. Both men will now face off in the November election.
In a speech to supporters, incumbent mayor Bill Foster said he hopes voters will look beyond the issues of the Rays' future and the Pier when they decide who will serve as mayor for the next four years.
RESULTS: St. Petersburg Primary Election