Jennie McKeon/WUWF Public Meida

The Shark Gym owners, Suzy and Cozmo Digiano, remember the exact moment gyms were closed in Florida.

“March 20, 1:40 p.m.,” said Suzy.

It was a harsh reality for the small business which opened in 2018. Until gyms reopened statewide on May 18, the Digianos were trying to stay positive while handling an “influx of cancellations.” 

“We held our breaths for a little while,” said Suzy. “We knew people were being affected (by the pandemic). We just leaned further into our faith.” 

Jennie McKeon, WUWF Public Media

South Walton was largely spared from the wrath of Hurricane Michael.

On Thursday afternoon, the popular 30A beach community was a ghost town. But there were a few signs of life.

Jason Schiess, general manager of The Great Southern Café, and a handful of employees were busy getting the restaurant ready for business while they waited for the power to come back on.