Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Are you sure this is the way? You're sure? Look elsewhere for a clear and inviting tunnel entrance.
It's our second day of stormy skies and heavy rains. We've had a couple of brief and occasional breaks in the downpour but the story of the day around here is pretty much the rain and flooding. We've gone from blue skies, temps in the high 90s and 100% humidity to this. Gray. Wet. Cooler. Mid 80s. While waiting at this light at Channelside Drive, I kept staring ahead at the slick road surface, sudden drop into the tunnel ahead and the signs for parking. The area above the tunnel, with the signage, is the public plaza outside the St. Pete Times Forum where the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team plays. If you were to drive straight through the light without stopping, your car would go right into the Garrison Channel separating the park and Harbour Island. Of course, if your vehicle is taller than 7-feet, you don't have to worry about wearing your bathing suit because you'll run into the roof of the tunnel and it'll pretty much ruin your day. (Mind you, racing through is not something I'm recommending, but please do watch your brakes on a day like this with all of the high water and flooding.)