Pier artist Janet Echelman: The Catalyst interview

The only consistent thing about public art is that everyone will have a different opinion of it. The word “public” kind of ensures that.

Thursday’s rejection of artist Janet Echelman’s sculpture by the St. Petersburg City Council brought the city’s sometimes-raging public art conversation to a close. For now.

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St. Pete City Council votes ‘no’ on Echelman sculpture

Late Thursday evening at St. Petersburg City Hall, the St. Petersburg City Council rejected – by a 4-3 vote – the proposed Janet Echelman sculpture for Spa Beach, part of the new St. Pete Pier.

Council members Gina Driscoll, Amy Foster, Steve Kornell and Ed Montanari voted against the enormous, “floating sculpture” by the popular, Massachusetts-based public artist. Council members Brandi Gabbard, Charlie Gerdes and Darden Rice voted for the sculpture. Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman was absent.

City council then requested a report and a list of the private, anonymous donors footing the bill for the sculpture. The report would consider other locations in the $76 million Pier District.

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Behind the scenes: On a start-up tour of St. Pete with Tampa Bay Wave

The Catalyst went behind the scenes with Tampa Bay Wave’s Tech Diversity Accelerator on a walking tour of St. Pete’s start-up business scene this week. The Tech Diversity program is one of the first accelerators in the country specifically created for women, minority, veteran and/or LGBT-owned businesses. The organization behind it all, Tampa Bay Wave, has gathered 10 companies from around the country – spanning from New York City to Dallas, Austin, Atlanta and cities throughout Florida. Four of the companies are from Tampa Bay.

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St Pete rally

Photo Gallery: March for Our Lives rally in St. Petersburg [Photos - 10]

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The Hustle

Judah Longgrear

The Nickel Ride was founded by a team dedicated to developing an eco-friendly transportation service, to support local communities while also helping local businesses grow.

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Carter G. Woodson Museum

Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s historic district, the Carter G. Woodson Museum is a demonstration of the ongoing commitment to preserve African-American history.

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The Shuffle

Morgan Brochetti
Habitat for Humanity

Stacey Efaw
Habitat for Humanity


Karl Nurse
Bay Tech Label

Focus: Alleys

Finding the Untapped Potential of Alleys

“We’re starting to realize they’re just as powerful as a park or plaza.”


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ACUMEN: Crisis

Crisis Management: Firefighting With the Right People [Big Sea]

It’s the call no Account Manager wants to receive. Especially on a Monday morning.

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