Monday, December 17, 2018

Thank Your for Speaking Up to Keep St. Petersburg Special

Your Voice Made a Difference! CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO REJECT BEZU!

                                ADVOCACY ACTION

St. Petersburg, Fl 

POSTED  by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.

From: St. Pete Preservation 
On Thursday, before another city council chambers overflowing with concerned citizens, the final vote on Bezu (recently renamed "Blue Lotus") was taken. City council was tasked with determining whether the high rise tower would be consistent with the city's intown redevelopment plan. For Bezu to proceed, a majority vote finding consistency was required. The vote, however, was 4-4 meaning the Bezu development cannot move forward. Read the news story here.
 Thanks go not just to all of you who made your voice heard but also to council members Darden Rice, Gina Driscoll, Steve Kornell and Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman for their votes to keep St. Petersburg special. A tip of the hat also to council member Charlie Gerdes. While we are disappointed in his vote to approve Bezu, his push last week when the matter first came before city council to ensure a fair process by rescheduling the vote until this week when council member Steve Kornell would be present was key to the final outcome.
 What happens next for the small parcel in a great downtown location will be up to the developer. We encourage him to create a new development proposal that will compliment and be in scale with the neighborhood. Click here to go to our Bezu advocacy action page. 
Don't forget, PTB offers some great tours and they continue thru the holiday season. The tours offer a fun event for visiting family or friends over the holidays. Check out the options by going to the PTB calendar. This Saturday (December 15) is a fun tour with partner Keep St. Pete Lit where we combine history with local authors. The tour starts at 10 am, click here for details.
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