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Editorial: Revving up for race weekend

With THE Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg taking over some downtown streets this weekend, the city is about to get noisier. But this year the sounds will be coming more from the race cars and less from residents, businesses and museums. Race organizers are working better with the Salvador Dalí Museum, which sits inside the track. Also, the time spent to set up race barriers along the waterfront was cut from three months to 45 days to make the inconveniences experienced by residents and businesses more bearable.

Visitors to the Dalí must buy a race ticket and a museum ticket discounted to $10, giving them the opportunity to experience both the surreal and the turbocharged. Race officials are working with the Dalí to push visitors toward the museum entrance with better signs.

About 150,000 race fans will visit downtown St. Petersburg this weekend, spending an average of $120 a day. And the charms of the city will be seen by millions watching the race on television in 200 countries. The Grand Prix remains a significant asset that reflects the vibrancy of a city with much to offer, from baseball to the arts to the waterfront to fast racing. Now if the Sunshine City can just avoid showers on Sunday. …

Editorial: Revving up for race weekend 03/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:01pm]
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