ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - In the early 1900s, St. Petersburg's earliest citizens had the vision and foresight to protect and preserve its downtown public waterfront, considered today the city's greatest asset. Nearly 100 years later, St. Petersburg's citizens are being asked to look into the future and envision the next generations ahead for one of the nation's largest and most beautiful downtown waterfronts.

The city is creating its first master plan for the downtown waterfront. Residents are invited to its public kick-off on Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg's grand ballroom, 333 first St. S. Free parking is located across First St. S. at Al Lang Stadium or the Mahaffey Theater/Duke Energy Center of the Arts.

At the kickoff, staff and the consultant team will review work already completed, including the findings of the urban land institute. There will be a review of great waterfront cities, a short table exercise and a discussion about the future of our downtown waterfront. Participants will also hear about the next steps in the public process - a series of community meetings and walking audits along five different stretches of the downtown waterfront during the month of September, all of which the public is invited to attend.

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