Cedar Key Businesses Open
Residents in North Central Florida are still having to deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby. Soome cities still dealing with flooding, sinkholes and road closures.
All making it hard for some businesses to stay open.
Shop owners in Cedar Key are determined to get their community back on track.
"It was actually pretty depressing watching the dock go away," said Jacquelyn Slaughter.
She told us there isn't much left of the dock where she use to rent out boats, but this mess isn't going to stop her from working. She has set up a tent on the boardwalk so that people know she's still open for business.
"Today all of our boats are going out except for, oh no all of them are going out," said Slaughter.
Local business owners said there are definitely more people out in Cedar Key this weekend. Betty and Gene Crosby of Live Oak were worried the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby was going to force them to cancel their annual trip.
"I did call a few days ahead to see if we might be able to get in or if there was any property damage," said Betty Crosby.
They said other than the washed out docks, everything else seems to be normal. People were canoeing, fishing and renting boats today as if nothing had happened nearly two weeks ago
"It's calm, quiet and relaxed," said Gene Crosby.
Cedar Key business owners are on a fast track to recovery.
"Everything is back to normal. The seafood is fine, we are all fine, the buildings are fine. We are open for business. The weather is beautiful," said Donna Miller who is a server at Sea Breeze.
Making sure people aren't afraid of taking a trip to the west coast.
"It's a lot better than it was the first day because the first day everybody was kind of scared to come out because they didn't know is there still more or what's going to happen," said Slaughter.
Business owners said the only major issue they are dealing with is the drinking water which may be contaminated with salt.
The city is providing portable water tanks so that local businesses can serve their customers clean drinking water.
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