Monday, August 6, 2012

Shock poll: 68% of St. Pete residents say they'd rather reinvent Pier than go with The Lens

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

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Just days after the St. Petersburg City Council shut the door on any ballot referendum, a new survey indicates that a majority of people in St. Pete disagree with the idea of razing tear the current Pier for a completely new design.

Specifically the question from St.PetePolls.org asks:

If the costs were the same, would your rather renovate the inverted pyramid pier or build the new Lens pier?
Renovate the inverted pyramid pier: 68.0%
Build the new Lens pier: 32.0%

St.PetePolls say they interviewed over 2,422 St. Pete residents.

Last week the City Council voted 6-2 to oppose any attempt at a ballot measure, an issue that was kept alive due to the activist group VoteOnThePier.com.
That group collected over 20,000 signatures demanding that the future of the Pier be put up for a popular vote.

That viewpoint was strongly opposed by much of the St. Pete political and business establishment, in particular the Tampa Bay Times editorial page.

In January the city announced that it chose a design called "The Lens," an oval with looping bridges, protected dock and a canopy to be St. Petersburg's new waterfront icon to replace the current structure, which has been in place since 1973.

In a related question in the poll, 57 percent of those surveyed do not approve of how the current City Council is doing their jobs, with 43 percent saying they do approve.

In comparison Mayor Bill Foster, who changed his mind and allowed VoteOnThePier to bring their petitions to be counted, is supported by a majority of those surveyed, but just barely, at 52-48 percent.

Here's the complete results of the poll:


If the costs were the same, would your rather renovate the inverted pyramid pier or build the new Lens pier?
Renovate the inverted pyramid pier: 68.0%
Build the new Lens pier: 32.0%

Do you approve of how Bill Foster is doing as Mayor?
Yes: 51.7%
No: 48.3%

Do you think the city installing red light cameras was a good thing?
Yes: 51.9%
No: 48.1%

Do you approve of how the City Council is doing their job?
Yes: 42.7%
No: 57.3%

Do you support the Republican National Convention kick-off party that will be hosted in St Petersburg on August 26th at Tropicana field?
Yes: 49.3%
No: 50.7%

Do you support the current police chase policy or do you think it should be changed?
Support the current policy: 52.0%
Think it should be changed: 48.0%

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