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Judge rules against Pier referendum

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

A Pinellas judge ruled Friday that the City of St. Petersburg does not have to hold a referendum on demolishing the St. Petersburg Pier.

He also declined to provide an injunction against the demolition.

A group of citizens created the petition that called for a citywide referendum on whether the Pier should be torn down.

The St. Petersburg City Council voted against the holding the referendum, and organizers of the petition took the battle to court.

They asked the judge for an injunction against the demolition, and also asked the court to compel the city to hold a referendum.

Friday, the judge issued a ruling that denied those requests.

"Clearly, thousands of concerned citizens wanted some kid of vote about the future of the Pier," Judge Jack Day wrote in the ruling. "It is most unfortunate more attention was not paid to the requirements of law at the beginning stages of their effort."

FOX 13's Steve Nichols will have more details at 5.

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LINK: Read the ruling here:
http://content.foxtvmedia.com/wtvt/html/misc/PierRuling4.5.13.pdf

 

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