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'Confusion Corner' in Stuart back with new look

'A huge relief. Great, great relief,' business owner says
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Posted at 11:25 PM, Aug 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-18 06:28:58-04

STUART, Fla.  — One of downtown Stuart's most popular attractions is finally back in motion with a new look.

"A huge relief. Great, great relief," said business owner Manuela Bentley.

It's known as "Confusion Corner," a unique set of crossroads where eight streets come together to form one of the most confusing intersections in the U.S.

"Some people call it a rotary, some people call it a roundabout, but I think most people get the 'Confusion Corner' thing," said Patty O' Connell, owner of Gumbo Limbo Gift Shop.

Three weeks ago, the iconic landmark closed because of Brightline's expansion project.

The closure not only caused headaches for drivers but also impacted some bottom lines.

"You definitely saw a lot of people avoiding downtown," said Bentley, owner of Simple Pleasures Bath and Body.

She said she saw a dip in sales of at least 20% because of the closure.

"There was very little foot traffic with 'Confusion Corner' closed, just because everyone in Stuart and the surrounding areas viewed it as so difficult to access," said Bentley.

Gumbo Limbo also felt the costly impacts.

"That’s like the central hub, so to close, it was tough," said O'Connell. "The detours were not easy."

Now that things are back to normal with some new signs and pavement markings, both owners are looking forward to rebounding, especially with their season right around the corner.

"The marking on the road will hopefully make 'Confusion Corner' a little less confusing," said Bentley.

O'Connell welcomes a little bit of confusion after having been without it for the past few weeks.

"We're really happy it’s open," added O'Connell. "That's for sure."