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Madison Arnold, Pensacola News Journal
Published 6:00 a.m. CT Oct. 5, 2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation is assessing and inspecting damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge due to Hurricane Sally. This overview of the bridge highlights the individual components FDOT inspectors are investigating.

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Not only have Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach small businesses been dealt a one-two punch with the coronavirus pandemic and damage from Hurricane Sally damage, but now they’re feeling the effects of slow business due to the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure.

DC Reeves, chief entrepreneurial officer for the Studer Community Institute and owner of Perfect Plain Brewery, came up with the idea for the “Bridge the Gap Small Business Benefit” to help mitigate some of the losses that will likely be suffered during the bridge’s expected sixth-month closure.

“I think this bridge being out is probably worse than those two things combined,”

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The city of Gulf Breeze is looking to mitigate the devastating impact of the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure with a Halloween-inspired small business celebration Oct. 31. 



a sign on the side of a road: The Pensacola Bay Bridge entrances are barricaded as it remains closed after being damaged by a loose Skanska barge during Hurricane Sally in Gulf Breeze on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.


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The Pensacola Bay Bridge entrances are barricaded as it remains closed after being damaged by a loose Skanska barge during Hurricane Sally in Gulf Breeze on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

The event, which has not yet been officially approved by the City Council, could take place on the Gulf Breeze High School football field or on Daniel Drive. It is aimed at bringing together locally owned businesses that have been negatively impacted by the closure of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which will be closed for at least the next six months as crews work to repair damage from Hurricane Sally. 

“It would make it so merchants or restaurants can come and set up booths and such, and introduce themselves or

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