Businesses, neighborhoods in Flagler clean up after Matthew

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- Businesses along A1A made it through Hurricane Matthew with relatively little structural damage, but it was the destruction to the highway that weighed on their minds Sunday.

Storm surge took out half of the road that brings them their business.

“Right now every table would be full.  We would be busy.  Sunday's our busy day,”said Kathy Fagan.

Fagan and her husband, Mike, run the By the Sea Café.  The property has been in the family since 1922. 

"We've lost some of our beach, but never half of A1A,” Kathy Fagan said. 

In all, about a mile’s worth of road is damaged.  Parts of it crumbled into the beach below.

"With no traffic going by, I don't know what I'm going to do,” Fagan said. 

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said there’s no telling when the road will open again. 

"We're looking at months away according to the Florida Department of Transportation,” said public information officer Jim Troiano. 

Hotel and restaurant owner Joe Rizzo said his businesses along A1A — The Topaz Hotel and Island Grill — had little damage.

He is counting on a supportive community to keep him afloat in the months ahead. 

"We should have a pretty easy go of putting it back together because that's what it's like being from Flagler County and these people take care of each other, so we'll see what happens,” Rizzo said.  

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