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SBA flood funding; county by county
The affects of Aprils historic rain are still taking a toll on local businesses. As of today the Small Business Administration says they have approved 56 loans which total nearly 4 million dollars. Here is the breakdown in dollars that the Small Business Administration says they have given out to other Counties as of Monday. In Santa Rosa County: $539, 000.00. In Walton County: nearly $93,00. In Okaloosa County: No businesses have been approved for a Small Business Loan. Channel 3's Kalie Desimone is checking in with employees and customers at restaurant that's just recently re-open after sustaining severve flood damage.
After being closed for more than a month and and a half the fishing hole is open and serving hungry customers. "I have a Flounder with hush puppies and a side of cheese grits, so yum" says Chaquita Richard, a customer at the restaurant. Customers say the restaurant isn't what you initially expect, and say they can't get enough. But things weren't looking so good for this family owned restaurant just a short while ago. "We had two and a had feet of water in here and we lost a lot of kitchen appliances" says Carol Law, the Restaurant Floor Supervisor. She says the owners did receive help from FEMA, and the strip mall that the business is nessled in had flood insurance but the owners still had to shovel out a lot of money from thier own pockets to replace items. But here's the real kicker, just two months before the historic rain: "They expanded this side (of the restaurant) and it was beautiful, then we had to tear it all apart and build it back again" says Law. Customers says they missed thier favorite lunch spot. "This is a small business so they depend on us to come in" says Robin
Richardson, a customer that comes to the Fishing Hole about once a month. He wishes the County could do something to help businesses like the Fishing Hole. "This particular area right here, they need to do something about the water and drainage" says Richardson.