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Late summer to be rough on St. Pete Beach's Corey Avenue

ST PETE BEACH — The last two months of summer promises to be a challenging time for businesses along Corey Avenue at Blind Pass Road. That's when the city will close the intersection for two months to install a 16-inch water pipe and other new utilities.

However, Public Works Director Mike Clarke recently told city commissioners things could be a lot worse. The intersection could be closed for six months to connect to the county's new water line.

Clarke told officials the city has to relocate and reconnect several utility lines, including sanitary sewer, an 8-inch water pipe, reclaimed water lines and a 16-inch water main, as part of the Blind Pass Project.

"The options on Corey Avenue and how to get through the intersection are enormously challenging," he said