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St. Pete voters reject pier replacement project

8:50 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
St. Petersburg Pier (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Voters in St. Petersburg have rejected a plan to move forward with a $50 million replacement for the downtown pier.

Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the proposed pier replacement project called the Lens. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 63 percent voted to end the city's contract with the architect who was going to build it.

Tuesday's election also reduced a field of five mayoral candidates down to two. Incumbent Bill Foster will face Rick Kriseman in the Nov. 5 general election. In a close race, Foster took 41 percent of the votes, compared to Kriseman's 39 percent. Kathleen Ford trailed with 19 percent.

The other two mayoral candidates, Anthony Cates and Paul Congemi, each earned less than 1 percent of the vote.

Associated Press

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