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Business owners thrilled with festival turnout due to recent construction keeping customers away

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 18:33:51-05

ST. PETERSBURG,Fla. — Hundreds were in St. Pete for the city's 3rd annual St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival this weekend, and some business owners are happy about it. They've been dealing with construction since last May.

"Anything that brings more people to our beach helps our beach," said Robbie Caan.

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Caan is the owner of "Simply Perfect," on Corey Avenue. The city's multi-phase construction projects have forced crews to shut part of Corey Ave. and Blind Pass Road down.

The Corey Ave. is back open, but construction continues on Blind Pass Road.

"The construction is probably the hardest thing to deal with," said Caan.

Crews are installing a new 16-inch water pipe and other utilities. The projects are expected to be finished by April.

Until then, Caan and other business owners are depending on events, like the seafood and music festival, to bring in customers.

"Everybody is trying to support each other also," Caan said. "People will get here."

The St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival ends on Sunday.