Preview The New St Petersburg Pier

St Petersburg Pier 2011Beginning December 6th,  design competition finalists will display their much anticipated designs for The Pier at the St Petersburg Museum of History. The free exhibit will offer the public the opportunity to comment on the designs. Finalists include Bjarke Ingels Group of New York, Michael Maltzan Architecture Inc. of Los Angeles, and West 8 with Allied Works Architecture of New York. On December 16th, the exhibit will move to the Coliseum for a public jury presentation, and then back to the museum for display through December 30th. The jury will rank each design team and make a final selection in January 20 for city council review with approval expected by Febrary 2nd.

Baywalk Purchased By Music Producer

Baywalk Entertainment Complex Downtown St PetersburgThe Baywalk entertainment complex in downtown St. Pete has been purchased by music producer Bill Edwards. Baywalk opened in 2000 and was once a popular downtown destination, with several restaurants, stores, and a movie theater in the heart of downtown. It is now nearly vacant, and the city is very optimistic that Edwards will bring it back to life. Edwards recently purchased and re-vamped  The Club at Treasure Island, which has attracted celebrity appearances by Emeril Lagasse, Wayne Brady and Caroline Rhea. His company Big 3 Entertainment,  was recently selected to manage the Mahaffey Theater.  Edwards also sold Jannus Landing, just a block away from Baywalk,  in 2010 to partner Jeff Knight, after a complete renovation.