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Treasure Coast businesses prepare for Hurricane Dorian ahead of holiday weekend

Posted at 7:53 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 19:53:39-04

STUART, Fla.  — Inside Vine and Barley in downtown Stuart right now it’s difficult for the owner Mark Carbone to look at the glass half full.

It puts a damper on things. It literally puts a damper on things,” he said.

Carbone is talking about Hurricane Dorian which the latest models show could hit the Treasure Coast on Sunday.

“This weekend should of been packed to the gills all three to four days and yes it’s going to affect us,” he said.

Carbone says he was looking forward to the holiday weekend making up for an overall slow summer. Now he and other business owners in this area are making adjustments to their plans, hoping they can still accommodate visitors.

“If it’s not a hurricane we will probably be open and invite people open get out of the rain, get out of the wind,” he said.

“We try to open right after things like this happen so that people have places to go because some people do lose electricity and whatnot,” Aldo Ramirez, Chef at Spritz City Bistro said.

Ramirez says, in short, they’re keeping their doors open as long as possible.

“Wait to the last minute basically. We try to stay open because we know a lot of places close,” he said.