What to do with St. Pete's waterfront? - FOX 13 News

What to do with St. Pete's waterfront?

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Consider it a giant community brain storming session.

"You can't have a plan about the most public space in the city without engaging the public," said Dave Goodwin, director of planning and economic development for the City of St. Pete.

There's plenty to cover, the downtown waterfront stretching more than 4 miles, starting with a park at 31st Avenue North, ending around 22nd Ave. South.

In between, there's a hodge-podge of parks, museums, an airport and, of course, the pier.

How to tie it all together, is the puzzle folks inside USF St. Pete are trying to help solve.

"I love my city and given what's happened, with what's happened with the pier, I think we all need to participate in what's going on," said Carol Mickett.

Ideas were as diverse as the crowd.

"I'd like to see as much green as we can," Mickett said.

"Al Lang Field without question, it's a facility that's been around since the 1960s, hasn't been touched at all since then," said Stephen Cundiff.

"What do you not want to see? More high rises," said Rick Nale.

Those thoughts and more will go next to the Urban Land Institute. It'll begin looking into recommendations for the master plan at the end of the month.

"This can be a place that can draw people from all over the Bay area," said Cundiff.

"We just have to all be willing to engage with a yes rather than a no," Mickett added.

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