Majority of Tybee Island businesses open as cleanup continues

Majority of Tybee Island business open as island cleanup continues.

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Even though life is gradually returning to normal for people recovering from Hurricane Matthew, there will undoubtedly be some lingering effects for months to come.

On Tybee Island, beach and parking access will be affected for at least a few more weeks.

I spoke to Tybee's mayor just a little bit ago, and he tells me for the next two to four weeks, the North Beach parking lot will be closed while debris removal is in progress.

Here's what the parking area looks like right now: empty, except for these big trailers that arrived Friday for the cleanup process.

While all this is going on, the North Beach Bar and Grill will remain open, parking is available on the backside of the restaurant.

Businesses all around the island are having to adapt, like The Crab Shack, which did receive some storm damage.

Despite all that, the owner says he's staying open, even while repairs are being made.

"Just as quickly as I can, as I can get people to do it. We will be back up to 100 percent within a week, probably, barring any unforeseen, whatever. You never know what you'll get into until you get into it," said Crab Shack owner, Jack Flanigan.

Flanigan says he's been in touch with other business owners around and says all were definitely hampered by Hurricane Matthew.

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