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Florida Matters: The Pier’s Future

St. Petersburg’s inverted pyramid pier.

The St. Petersburg City Council has voted to tear down the city’s inverted pyramid pier, opting for a new structure and a shorter approach. Some say it would mean the loss of a building that is identified with the city. We’ll hear why some city officials think it’s time to start over, and find out more about the pier’s impact on St. Petersburg. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: If you’ve been to the pier in St. Petersburg, what do you think? What should the city do — rehab the current structure or build something new?

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This week on Florida Matters: Panhandling and Roadside Commerce

Along many of the Tampa Bay area’s major road, you can find people looking for a few bucks from passing motorists, often with a sign and a sad story. You can also find hawkers selling the Sunday paper. In Tampa, they have to wear a bright vest to increase their visibility; in St. Petersburg, they’ve been banned altogether. The city has prohibited all kinds of transactions along busy roads in an effort, officials say, to keep drivers and panhandlers safe. This week on Florida Matters, we’ll meet some of the people you see on the roadside and find out why the St. Petersburg ordinance has already survived a legal challenge. Join us tonight at 6:30 on WUSF 89.7.

Weigh in: Should Florida cities ban panhandlers and other types of roadside transactions? What do you do when you see someone asking for money on the side of the road?

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