ST. PETERSBURG — Ed Allen, 37, spent early Monday taking the boards down from his restaurant, Central Melt on Central Avenue. Protecting his windows was a last-minute dash.
"I didn't even try to find wood until the last day," Allen said. "Some buddies gave me these. The rest came from a shelf I disassembled."
Allen came to his restaurant first, and will wait until after the possible storm surge to check on his home in Evacuation Zone A.
"I think we got real lucky," Allen said, after finding that there appears to be no real damage to his restaurant.
Allen, with his battery-powered drill, is one of the few people on this usually busy street. His seems to be the first business to take down its hurricane protection.