One business owner says a city park kept shops from flooding.
While several Beach Street locations suffered from flooding, especially businesses in Daytona Beach, the row of shops on Riverside Drive across from Sunrise Park were dry and only suffered wind damage from Hurricane Irma. (Beach Street becomes Riverside Drive in Holly Hill.)
But Crystal Cottle, owner of C.C.’s Cash and Carry convenience store and Body Fuel Nutrition, said she is facing a serious slowdown as a result of the storm. Several walkways and fishing docks damaged in the storm in Sunrise Park across the street have reduced the number of fishermen, walkers and parents with kids who also patronize her store.
“It’s hurting our business,” she said. “We’ve been waiting for them to make repairs since Hurricane Matthew.”
Now, parts of the dock in the Holly Hill park are completely gone, damaged by waves or wayward boats during the storm. A spokesman at the city of Holly Hill could not provide a date for the dock restoration, saying an engineer had not yet been contacted for the project.
The shops across the street from the park are the original Holly Hill downtown. There was some wind damage to the historic buildings, but no flooding like that seen on other Beach Street and Riverside Drive locations.
Allison Hay, owner of Spindrift Classic Salon, gives credit to the design of Sunrise Park. She said the park keeps the river from flooding into the businesses across the street.
“The park keeps everything protected,” she said. “It’s really cool.”
Hay did have her difficulties after the storm however. There was only partial power.
“It’s a good thing I’m good at cutting hair,” she said. “I had to work in the dark.”
“It’s a good thing I’m good at cutting hair. I had to work in the dark.”
Allison Hay, Spindrift Classic Salon