Late on a Friday afternoon, when U.S. Highway 98 would usually be clogged with traffic, the bays at American Lube are empty. An employee, holding a large yellow ‘NO WAIT’ sign sits curbside.
The only ones waiting at many Gulf Breeze businesses these days are the folks who work there.
They’re waiting to see if they will still have jobs, if the bridge will really reopen in March, if community support is enough to keep the doors open.
“It’s a great time to film a zombie apocalypse movie on U.S. Highway 98,” joked Michael Hutchins, assistant manager at American Lube.