Michael Andruzzi has been skateboarding for 13 years.
"There's freedom of expression in it," he said.
He's a regular at Tampa's skate park and he and his buddies hope to eventually be pulling off moves at a new skate park in downtown St. Pete
"It would be great. There's a lot of kids in St. Pete that skateboard that do really well," he said.
Thursday afternoon, City Council voted unanimously to take a first step towards building that park. Possible locations include Spa Beach near the pier, or somewhere else along the waterfront.
Designer Tito Porrata calls it a win-win.
"For the entire downtown district it can mean a popular attraction that's one of most popular activties for your youth today," Porrata said.
It would be considered a regional skate park, and porrata says it could be one of the best in the state. St. Pete already has a couple of others.
It may span 15-20,000 square feet, attracting kids from all over, but is it the right crowd?
"I have a concern that a lot of local residents won't think it's a great attraction downtown," said Jon Croft. "The pier and north of it- I think- might not be the best areas," he added.
"There's a preconceived notion about skateboarders. We're beyond that time; we're just regular people too," Andruzzi said.
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