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The 'Lens' is Kaput; Foster, Kriseman In Runoff for St. Pete Mayor


The Lens is dead. At least in its current incarnation.

But the future of what will replace the iconic upside-down pyramid on the St. Petersburg waterfront is less clear.

St. Petersburg voters handed a resounding defeat to the futuristic over-the-water walkway, by a 63 t0 37 percent margin. But that isn't likely to save the pyramid - engineers say the causeway leading over the water is 90 years old and in danger of crumbling.

What's also crumbled is Kathleen Ford's mayoral ambitions. She came in third in a five-way race, with 19 percent of the vote. Current Mayor Bill Foster was first, with 41 percent, followed closely by former state Representative Rick Kriseman, with 39 percent. Those two will square off in the general election in November.

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Finalists Bill Foster, left, and Rick Kriseman

Three city council races also held their primaries. In District 4, Darden Rice led the pack with 46 percent of the votes, followed by Carolyn Fries with 26 percent. St. Petersburg doctor David McKalip came in third with 25 percent, and Richard Eldridge with almost 5 percent.

In the District 6 race, incumbent Karl Nurse captured 69 percent of the vote. Sharon Russ had 19 percent, followed by Trevor Mallory with 13 percent.

In the District 8 race, candidate Amy Foster came in first with 56 percent of the vote, followed by Steve Galvin with 18 percent, Alex Duensing with 16 percent and Robert Davis with 10 percent. The top two will face off on Nov. 5.

The top two finishers in each race will face off during the general election on Nov. 5.

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