ST. PETERSBURG — The Saturday Morning Market is moving again, for one week. The popular downtown market will relocate this weekend to Central Avenue from First Street to Third Street to accommodate the Honda Grand Prix car race.
The following Saturday, April 4, the market will be closed due to the proximity of the race. Most weeks, the market sees between 8,000 and 10,000 people packing into its site at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot.
Gail Eggeman, manager for the market, said that the Grand Prix organizers had been generous in making their plans so the market wouldn't be shut down longer than one weekend.
"They could've closed us down for a whole lot more. They had dibbies on it before we did. They had a contract for years with the city and they were very gracious," she said.
Eggeman did say, however, that each day the market closes affects local vendors. "Some people rely on the market to make their weekly income so it will be a hardship for some people, but we're grateful we'll only be down one day," she said.
That feeling was echoed by Ola Seifert, who displayed her Ola's Olives at the market for five years. "That is the place of business for some of the vendors," she said. "Some people do other things or have other places where they do their business, but it is difficult."
The market will be back in its regular spot on April 11. This is the seventh season for the market.