St. Petersburg creates master plan for downtown waterfront
Beneath the overwhelming noise of debate over the future of the Pier and the Tampa Bay Rays, a project that could be even more important to the city’s future is about to begin. On Sept. 9, almost two years after voters decided St. Petersburg needed a new downtown waterfront master plan, the city will host the first meeting to gather public input about one. Independent plans have for years been developed for different portions of the waterfront, including the port, parks and Albert Whitted Airport. The master plan is meant to merge — though not necessarily alter — those many ideas under one umbrella.