DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Volusia County emergency chiefs are advising people living along the coast to take precautions as a potential storm system moves toward central Florida this week.
what you need to know
- Volusia County is advising people to take precautions as a potential storm system moves toward Florida
- County officials are monitoring the potential for high winds, significant rainfall, crashing waves and extremely high tides for several days this week
- As damage is still evident along the coast, they are asking local residents and visitors to stay away from the beach
In areas hard-hit during Hurricane Ian, like Daytona Beach Shores, many businesses are still cleaning up what was left behind.
“We were starting to see the fruits of our labor, then all of a sudden it’s like a phone call and life changes,” said James Brogno.
Brogno and his partners worked for over two and a half years to create Carmine’s Beachside Pizzeria.
The restaurant was a dream come true when it opened in May earlier this year.
Business was great but all that came to a halt when Ian forced them to close their doors indefinitely.
“To have to destroy 36 hours of wind at 140 km/h is crushing,” explained Brogno.
Windows are broken and the roof of the entire square where Carmine’s is located has been damaged.
Brogno finally got permission to go inside and survey the damage left three weeks ago.
As an investor in the business, he’s now just trying to salvage what he can.
“This is looking a lot better,” Brogno says as he scrubs rust from pizza ovens that have been out of service since the storm.
Adding to the stress of cleaning up the restaurant, there’s now a storm system in place, which he hopes won’t cause further problems.
“We’re a little nervous because it’s on this side,” Brogno explained. “I think the only blessing is that it doesn’t have a lot of time to generate and grow. But this whole coast doesn’t need more impacts like it used to,” he continued.
County officials are monitoring the potential for high winds, significant rainfall, crashing waves and extremely high tides for several days this week.
As damage is still evident along the coast, they are asking local residents and visitors to stay away from the beach.
As for Brogno, he has been working non-stop to clean and pack all kitchen products to keep them safe.
As the company waits to see what happens with that potential storm, he says he’s standing by his faith and hoping all will be fine.
“He never gives us more than we can handle,” Brogno sighed.