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African American Heritage Trail Open In The Burg

The City of St. Pete unveiled a 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail to honor the history of the city's black residents on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the route traces a powerful and defining century with the arrival of the first African-Americans to the Burg in 1868 all the way to 1968 and the civil rights era.

The project and initiative was funded by a $50,000 state grant from the division of Historical Resources. The African American Heritage Association of St. Pete worked with historic preservationists in the city's planning and economic development department to create the markers illustrating the most poignant pieces of histroy along the trail and a walking tour brochure. A website for the trail is in development.

The trail can be found at the intersection of 22nd St and 9th Ave S.

Pier Plan Reaches Phase 1

Yes, the ever convoluted and frustrating process of developing a new Pier seems to have reached a new hopeful point. Design firms are invited to submit their qualifications and credentials to the City of St. Pete.

Submission of the statement of qualifications is due on September 5. A selection committee will shortlist the most qualified design teams, who are then invited to participate in phase 2 of the process. Phase 2 will take the most qualified architectural and design firms and provide them with a $30,000 stipend to submit an initial design concept, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.

The Pier Working Group is a 21-member volunteer citizen committee appointed by Mayor Rick Kriseman. The City anticipates that a final plan will be approved by early next year. Interested design teams can find the qualification forms online here.

With so much controversy surrounding the construction of the new Pier, and several public meetings held regarding local residents' desires and concerns regarding the new structure, we want to know what you St. Pete residents hope for with the future Pier. Let us know in a comment.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me