Emotional and financial impact on local businesses

Emotional and financial impact on local businesses

Until last Thursday, things had started to turn around for The Carrot kosher restaurant on Harding Avenue as the Miami area had begun to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

But the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in the early morning hours last Thursday rocked the town of Surfside to its core. Locals were suddenly unable to navigate their own neighborhoods as street closures went into place to ensure first responders could access the condominium site and conduct search and rescue missions.

One affected area was the “Surfside business district,” as it was called by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle. These are businesses lined up between 94th and 96th streets along Harding Avenue, which includes The Carrot. 

“So right before this tragedy happened, it was a pretty busy June. Usually it’s quiet time for us but after COVID, everybody was traveling; we were pretty busy,” said The Carrot’s owner Peggy Sreter. “So Thursday and Friday, and even Sunday, was very, very quiet because everything, there was no – people couldn’t get here.”  

“It affected my business a lot,” Sreter added.  

Street closures halt most business 

While many businesses along the strip remained open, customers had trouble accessing them, often having to park and walk to visit their favorite cafes, restaurants and shops.  

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