ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Call it a compromise.
St. Pete City Council, mindful of a referendum looming on the Pier issue, decided not to spend $1.5 million dollars toward the next phase of the controversial "Lens" design process.
Instead, they voted to spend half that amount, $869,000.
It was the end of a nearly four hour debate on the issue that has divided the city.
Wednesday, the group "Stop The Lens" submitted more than 20,000 signatures to city hall in an effort to force a referendum to stop "The Lens" project. It's anticipated that referendum will be placed on the August 27th citywide ballot.
During the latest council meeting, some concilmembers were reluctant to spend more than a million dollars in city funding towards a project that may be rejected. But others say it's important not to waste progress, just in case the referendum fails.