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Lowcountry Businesses Weather the Storm in Government Shutdown

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Between Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station, more than 1200 civilian employees are furloughed as the government is shutdown, bases report.

With cutbacks in pay checks, come cutbacks in filtering money through the local economy.

Nick Borreggine calls it scary.

"It always makes me nervous when there's uncertainty," says Borreggine, manager of Fat Patties restaurant.

Borreggine says his restaurant has already seen a decline in bottom line. That's because civilian employees on Parris Island visited less in the weeks before, expecting to be furloughed.

"On our facebook page we've seen a lot of folks that we know from coming in all the time comment and say ‘thanks for the offer but it doesn't help when you're not getting paid,'" Borreggine says.

With no end to the shutdown in sight, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce says it's only a matter of time before Beaufort businesses slow, too.

"There's so much unknown right now that I think uncertainty is what's causing future impacts for the area," says Blakely Williams. "People are going to hold onto their wallets a little tighter and not make some of the purchases they would have."

Borreggine says the eating out is usually the first to cut out of a family budget. His goal is to find ways to keep business steady.

"We want to keep our staff employed, so we don't have to send them home and cut their hours," he says. "We normally do a 25% off military Monday, but we've actually implemented that until the government shutdown is over."

He hopes this will help keep food on the table.

"It's definitely given people some hope," he says.

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