New floor gets skating rink rolling again after Hermine

Business rebuilds after Hermine

A little cleaning here. Fix the last fluorescent globe.

And finishing touches on the carpeting. But it was the 17,000 square feet of wood flooring that makes the rebuilt Spin Nations.

"What's special about this floor is its hard rock maple. It came out of Tennessee. We worked anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day here," said Jim Balay, owner of Spin Nations in Port Richey.

In September, Hurricane Hermine's heavy rain flooded Spin Nations for the third time ruining the entire floor and shutting down the business for two months.

"Getting hit in September was incredible. It was only 11 months ago that we were down so we were just starting to get back on our feet," said Balay.

He says losing business for two months was bad but there is a silver lining.

"Not so much a dollar figure, but it's the impact on our future here," Balay said.

Balay says his friends joke with him that after replacing this floor three times since 2012 that he should go into the rink replacement business. Balay says he's just happy to get the business rolling again.

"Excited. Very excited it's been a long road to recovery, but now you can see we're finally at the end of the tunnel," said Balay.

His only concern right now: Will customers come back?

"It's absolutely critical we need to show them look at the improvements, but we need you back to make this place viable again," said Balay.

Next year's rainy season is always on Balay's mind, praying for no more flooding.

"All it takes is some good days of rain and we're done," said Balay.

For now, nothing but smooth skating and rebuilding his customer base.

Spin Nations' grand reopening is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 8345 Congress St., Port Richey.

 


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