Monday, September 24, 2018
Business

Interstate 275 signs tout closed BayWalk, Pier in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Along a large stretch of Interstate 275 leading into St. Petersburg, overhead signs direct visitors to the Pier and BayWalk.

In fact seven highway signs on the edges of St. Petersburg and tens of street signs in the city point the way to the once-vibrant attractions.

But as most St. Petersburg residents know, any spontaneous newcomer following the arrows would find ghost attractions: the Pier was closed May 31 and BayWalk, a shopping complex, lost vendors and popularity and is now undergoing major construction as it becomes the proposed Shops of St. Petersburg.

The signs, they are a'changin', though.

By the end of the year, city officials say, they will reflect the reality that the Pier is closed and BayWalk is defunct.

"I've not gotten a single complaint from anyone saying 'the BayWalk wasn't there,' but it could get confusing," said Joe Kubicki, director of the city's transportation department.

The promise of BayWalk will be replaced on signs by the city's new shopping mall project, said Kubicki.

City transportation staff first reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation, which owns highway signs, when shops moved out of BayWalk several months ago, confirmed Kris Carson, spokeswoman for the DOT.

Plans are under way to fund the project and hire a contractor, said Carson.

The costs of the changes could be around $50,000, said Kubicki, and will include either restickering entire signs or covering only the misleading letters with decals.

"It's a complex process, because you only have so much space," Kubicki said. "It's also a major effort; someone will actually have to go into the roadway with a bucket and do this."

Alison Barnwell can be reached at (727) 893-8804 or [email protected] On Twitter: alison_barnwell.

Comments
Study: Some Tampa Bay neighborhoods among quickest selling in the state

Study: Some Tampa Bay neighborhoods among quickest selling in the state

Tampa Bay sounds like a home seller’s dream market — even compared to other locales statewide. According to a recent study by SmartAsset, four of the top 10 easiest places to sell a home in Florida are in the bay area. Northern Hillsborough County ac...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Port Tampa Bay marks 1 million cruise passengers in a year for the first time ever

Port Tampa Bay marks 1 million cruise passengers in a year for the first time ever

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay last week welcomed its 1-millionth cruise ship passenger for the first time ever in a single year.The port hit the milestone on Sept. 17, when the count hit 1,000,524 for this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. It rose furthe...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lower demand brings slight dip in gas prices across state, Tampa Bay

Lower demand brings slight dip in gas prices across state, Tampa Bay

Just in time for fall, pump prices are finally declining. Gas prices in Florida averaged $2.72 per gallon Monday, down from $2.74 per gallon a week ago, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Tampa Bay prices were even lower at $2.63 per gallon, down...
Updated: 3 hours ago
SiriusXM to buy Pandora for $3.5 Billion in bid to expand reach

SiriusXM to buy Pandora for $3.5 Billion in bid to expand reach

Satellite radio provider Sirius XM said Monday that it would acquire music streaming service Pandora Media for $3.5 billion in a bid to corral listeners who do not want to pay for premium channels.Pandora rose to success by providing tailored radio s...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Jeff Vinik invests in gaming headset maker boosted by Fortnite’s popularity

Jeff Vinik invests in gaming headset maker boosted by Fortnite’s popularity

TAMPA — As a mutual fund wonder-boy, hedge fund manager and real estate investor, Jeff Vinik has long displayed a sense for knowing when to put money into the next big thing, and his latest bet on e-sports may be no different.Vink recently bought nea...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Hernando Business Digest for Sept. 28

Hernando Business Digest for Sept. 28

BrieflyEMPLOYERS NEEDED FOR JOB FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Hernando County Office of Economic Development are seeking employers to participate in the Open for A...
Published: 09/24/18
Solar farm land price is $6.8 million, including $4.4 million to state Sen. Wilton Simpson

Solar farm land price is $6.8 million, including $4.4 million to state Sen. Wilton Simpson

Tampa Electric Co. has said its Mountain View Solar project near Dade City represented a $75 million investment in alternative energy. The investing began in earnest last week when the utility paid more than $6.8 million for 382 acres in the rural co...
Published: 09/24/18
Dear Penny: I spent everything ending a bad relationship. Can I treat myself?

Dear Penny: I spent everything ending a bad relationship. Can I treat myself?

Dear Penny, I just made one of the hardest decisions of my life and ended the relationship I had been in since my early 20s. After a decade in a bad relationship, I’m super excited to be single again. The problem is my wardrobe. Over the past few yea...
Published: 09/24/18
Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, report says

Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, report says

Nearly half of all cellphone calls next year will come from scammers, according to First Orion, a company that provides phone carriers and their customers caller ID and call blocking technology.The Arkansas-based firm projects an explosion of incomin...
Published: 09/23/18
Walmart is teaming with a Seminole Heights chef to promote locally grown mushrooms

Walmart is teaming with a Seminole Heights chef to promote locally grown mushrooms

TAMPA — It might seem like an unlikely match from the outside: A distinguished chef with a restaurant known for inventive plates using produce shoppers can find at… Walmart?Walmart, the country’s largest grocer, is known for having a core consumer wh...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/23/18