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Business owners talk about economic impact Harvey has had in Port Aransas so far

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It's difficult to talk about Harvey and the physical impact it's had to the Coastal Bend without acknowledging the economic impact as well. Both Rockport and Port Aransas are known as tourist towns, relying on the money they bring and today (Tuesday) businesses say it's going to be a long road ahead.

But it's not just business owners affected, it's also their employees who won't have a job to come back to. Cindy Hays, employee at Moby Dick's returned to her place of employment today expecting to work but was told to go home. "I guess I'll go find me a place to work if I have to until Ed's ready to re-open or I'll come over here and help Ed get it ready."

Ed Ziglar has owned Moby Dick's Souvenir Shop and Restaurant for almost 15 years. Ziglar, who stayed in Port Aransas during the storm, was back out at his business the next morning and has been out there every day since cleaning up.

Ziglar said, "It's pretty much a mess but it's salvageable and we're going to clean up and getting ready to start serving people and start to take business again."

But it's going to be a while for others like Charles Crawford, Port Aransas business owner, who manages about 1200 condos in the area.

Crawford said, "So just in my case we're looking at 80-90 million dollars in damages."

Crawford has only been able to check a few of his properties but he says, those he's seen have suffered significant water damage and damage from debris. 

However, all those we talked to about the economy said they're resilient and know Port Aransas will bounce back. 

Crawford said, "Keep us in your prayers and we'll come back stronger than we were, it'll take time but we will."

Ziglar said, "All of us are very well capable of growing strong, strong again. Working together and we will make America and Port Aransas great again."

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