ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A controversial pier proposal has lost the support of two major backers.
The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/16TxXFb ) reports the $50 million design to replace the city's pier will appear on an Aug. 27 ballot.
But the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and WOW Our Waterfront have pulled support. WOW — which was organized by TV infomercial pitchman and city resident Anthony Sullivan — was expected to raise donations to persuade voters to back the futuristic design.
Leaders of both groups said Thursday it's clear the project had divided the city and called on the City Council to terminate the city's contract with the designer.
The city already has invested millions in the project and on May 31 closed the inverted pyramid pier, a first step toward its eventual demolition.