City Approves Permit To Demolish Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — The Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Thursday that it has approved the city’s request for a permit to demolish the shuttered inverted pyramid Pier and build the Lens, its $50 million replacement.

The Swiftmud permit is the first of three regulatory hurdles the city must clear before proceeding with the project. Permits from Pinellas County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are also required.

How much any of these permits matter will become clearer after Aug. 27, when residents vote on whether the city should cancel its contract to build the Lens.