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Stop the Lens rallied round the Pier on Saturday
Stop the Lens rallied round the Pier on Saturday

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Volunteers came together, hundreds of petitions were collected, and new volunteers were recruited to Stop the Lens according to Lorraine Margeson, Stop The Lens office manager.

The Stop the Lens office is located at 944 4th St. North, Suite 500 and can be reached by phone at 727-430-9159 and on the web at www.StoptheLens.com

Stop The Lens volunteers Lee Palmer and Scott Bitterli collected signatures at the "Big Max" public art location.

Nic Weathersbee and Dan Harvey had some interesting modes of transportation buzzing around downtown St. Pete in pursuit of petition signers.

Sherry Suttrich, a Stop the Lens volunteer, brought her truck banner and was positioned across the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

Stop the Lens volunteers at the notarizing station Cha Cha Coconuts at the Pier included Aimee Pav, Carol Gray and Pam West!!!

An antique Porsche and Chevy were all dressed up in signs for the petition signing effort. Bud Risser and Ken Carpentar made a last run before a Stop the Lens party.

A Stop the Lens Party was held at the end of the day's rally at Cha Cha's with food  provided for all volunteers courtesy of President of Concerned Citizens Bill Ballard and board member Dan Harvey.

The Stop the Lens group is adamant that they will stop the proposed "Lens" project scheduled to replace the iconic Pier on the downtown waterfront and say they have gathered at least half of the notarized petitions needed to automatically stop the project according to the specific legal language in the City's charter.

The landmark St. Petersburg Pier is set to close in May 2013.

Another group, Vote on the Pier, gathered over 20,000 signatures from verified St. Petersburg voters, but the petition language was called into question.  A lawsuit brought by Kathleen Ford, a former city council member and candidate for mayor in the last city election, is being contemplated in the Sixth Circuit Court.  For more information on Vote on the Pier, go to: http://www.VoteonthePier.com.

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