Business loan little help for skate rink flooded third time

Pasco County is helping businesses after Hermine.

"It's hard, it's very hard. I knew it was going to happen," said the owner of Spin Nations Family Skating Center, Jim Balay, who knew the water was coming because this is his third time around in four years.

"We're looking at what used to be the floor for our skate rink," said Balay.

His employees have been ripping out the damaged flooring since Sunday.

Balay says last year they filled 24 dumpsters with flood debris from the skating rink, this year they're up to 12 and still counting.

"It's going to be over $300,000," said Balay.

And that's just to replace the floor. He's had to cancel fundraisers and several parties.

"Everything like that is canceled, the dollar amount you can't really calculate, but it's going to be substantial,"' said Balay.

The $25,000 in small business loans just made available by the state doesn't  interest Balay.

"Twenty-five thousand that can't even, in a project this large that doesn't cut the bill here, you can't even do anything with that it's not even worth the time to go get it," Balay said.

Balay wants to know when the flooding along Congress Street is going to stop.

"It will take 93 years to clean out all these ponds, clean out all these ditches to fix the culverts so we have an issue in Pasco County," said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey.

"Again I got the same story we're looking into it we're going to do some changes we're going to get this fixed, eleven months later I'm gone now," said Balay.

He says as hard as it is to rebuild it was even tougher telling customers the bad news.

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"Especially when you have a little one who like to come here to skate and you say you can't have your birthday party here, that really was hard," said Balay.

And a lot of hard work ahead with hopes to reopen in late October.

The county says it hopes to surpass the threshold in damages that will allow for state and federal assistance that could begin helping residents immediately.  With more than three hundred million in stormwater projects and no money to pay for it, the county says it will be pushing again to raise the stormwater fee next year.


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