Main Street closed for 2 weeks; separate issue with faulty sidewalk?

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SARASOTA - As construction closes part of Main Street in downtown Sarasota, the co-owner of Classico Cafe tells of ankle-deep flooding in an adjacent lobby due to a new sidewalk.

Raff Perna says the sidewalk was built at a pitch that caused 2-3 inches of rain to seep into the lobby of the building next to his restaurant. He says he found out the hard way.

"They didn't inform us, the weather did. The weather pitched it that way and we had water in the lobby where we never had any water, that's how we were informed," Perna said.

The construction worker in charge at the scene played down Perna's comment.

"We had a slight little adjustment we made and it's already done and we did it the other morning," said Steve Selph of Swift Construction.

Meantime, workers have shut down the intersection at Main Street and Palm Avenues while they install bricks in the crosswalk. It's all part of the $1.8 million downtown improvement project.

Main Street is scheduled to re-open at Palm on September 25th.