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Lens plan brings high turnout for St. Pete election

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 06:06 AM

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ST. PETERSBURG — Voters in St. Petersburg are casting ballots about mayoral and city council races and deciding whether to move forward with the $50 million Lens project to replace the downtown Pier.

Polls opened Tuesday morning.

Nearly 30,000 residents had voted by mail prior to election day. According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, the early vote tallies were more than any other city election.

Turnout is likely due to the Lens issue, which has been controversial for months.

There are also five candidates running for mayor, including incumbent Bill Foster. If none of the candidates get a majority vote, there will be a runoff vote later with the top two finishers.

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