9 Months - Phil Cicia
Hurricane Sandy hit small businesses especially hard. Along the Rockaway peninsula there are more shutters than ‘Open’ signs. After nine months, most proprietors still aren’t able to get back up and running.
Phil Cicia owns four shop fronts along Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 87th and Beach 88th Streets. One of the spaces is his beer distribution business, which serves local bars, restaurants and hotels. He’s been there for 23 years.
Phil’s commercial insurance will not cover the flood damage. However, the cost of the flood option on his policy over the last 23 years would far outweigh the cost of the damage caused. “I’m just taking from Peter to pay Paul” he says.
When asked if staying in business in Rockaway is worth it, Phil replies, “If it works it works. If it doesn’t, well then you pack up and go, but I got too much invested out here and I can’t let it go.”