SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. - The intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Main Street in downtown Safety Harbor stays busy all day long.
And as a year-long storm water project along Bayshore progresses north, the intersection will be shut down for about a month.
"It's going to be a lot of headaches trying to get through here," said business owner Dee Dokumaci.
Dokumaci's Rose Garden Boutique sits right on the corner of the busy intersection across from the Safety Harbor Spa. She is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her customers coming through the door.
"Maybe what we can do is get a horse-drawn carriage and bring people over that way," smiled Dokumaci.
But the pooling water and flooding along Bayshore over the years have been no joke. New storm water pipes and a change to the slope of the road are a big improvement, along with seven large underground treatment devices that help filter debris and keep it out of the bay.
Starting Wednesday, Bayshore will be shut down between the marina and the spa.
Then, in about two weeks, the entire intersection will be closed with drivers being diverted into downtown, crossing Main and then back out onto Bayshore, or Philippe Parkway.
"We're trying to handle this matter as expeditiously as possible so that we minimize any inconvenience to any of the owners of any of the businesses downtown, as well as drivers trying to get through Safety Harbor," said Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold.
Although the detour will present drivers with the biggest challenge, parking on the east end of main street is expected to remain normal.
"The first couple of days you're not used to it. But then you get the hang of it and you know which way to go and stuff. So, I think we'll be fine," explained Dokumaci.
Another positive to come out of the project: The recreation sidewalk path that runs along Bayshore will be widened to ten feet.
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