"We made the decision to close Thursday and Friday on Wednesday after lunch. We felt confident it was the right decision for the safety of our employees and patients after hearing many official reports that
Now the doctors, like so many other
"It is still uncertain as to when we will be able to reopen Family Health Chiropractic. But we feel very blessed right now (at the lack of damage)," she said.
Many business owners across the Golden Isles had the same sense of gratitude. The storm, which began as a Category 4 hurricane, drifted farther to the east allowing for less damage than originally projected.
"We were pleasantly surprised to see that there was minimal damage. We brought everything in to protect the store ... anything that could be projectiles -- tables and chairs. We have some landscaping things that need to be done but that's all," he said.
"I don't even think we lost power for an extended period of time because our frozen things in the freezer were fine. Everything held so we just have general cleanup. We'll be functional today at about 80 percent. Not all of our restaurants (within the Market) will be open today but they will be tomorrow."
A very small fraction of businesses, however, opened immediately following the storm --
"We were closed Friday but opened Saturday," Strickland said. "We are just trying to help out with the community. We want to help everyone get back on their feet. We have a lot of water and we have been working on getting more bread."
Of course, it was not smooth sailing for all businesses, especially on
An emergency management agency list, which required owners to register far in advance, was the reason. The vast majority of business owners claim they either never heard of a list or did register and were still turned away.
It was a point of frustration for many who were forced to evacuate and weren't allowed to return.
"It is very frustrating. My manager is taking care of things while I'm away ... I'm stuck and can't get back. We were told that we had to download a form and get a pass. Then we were told that they ran out of passes," he said in a phone interview.
The conflicting information left Nazzaro more frustrated than angry.
"We have about
"I scoured Facebook for details but nothing seems solid. I haven't done paperwork yet and didn't know anything about it until this happened. I didn't know it was something we could have filled out prior," Gowen said.
"I can't get any confirmation if they have reached their quota or anything. Big mess, and it doesn't sound like a pleasant scene at the public works office."
He's hopeful that he will be able to get into the restaurant as soon as possible. Gowen is anxious to get his doors open and to put his employees back to work.
"My chief concern is getting my employees back to work but it is out of my hands," he said.
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