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Joshua Gillin
By Joshua Gillin May 15, 2014

Kriseman's new timeline adds two years

Rick Kriseman's promise to deal with the fate of St. Petersburg's pier quickly and efficiently was one of his biggest platform planks -- even before the public voted down the proposed replacement design, known as the Lens.

In a July 2013 questionnaire from the Tampa Bay Times, mayoral candidate Kriseman laid out his plan for how to replace the aging structure, should the public referendum cancel the city's contract to build the Lens. Kriseman was a vocal opponent of the design, which was eventually booted by voters in the August primary election.

Among his promises surrounding the pier, Kriseman said he would "work with the architect to have the new pier built by the end of 2015." Fast-forward to May 2014.

Having just appointed his "working group" to gather input on a new design and giving them a deadline of three months to submit their findings, Kriseman announced his new timeline for the pier.

After the recommendations are turned in, five to eight architectural and engineering firms would submit bids. The public would pick their three favorites in a nonbinding vote. Kriseman would choose one of the three and propose it to the city council, which would then vote on a contract.

Construction would begin in 2016. The new pier is now slated for completion in 2017, two years later than originally promised.

Because the timeline has been significantly extended, we rate this a Promise Broken.

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