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Government "Shutdown" May Hurt Local Businesses

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At 2 o'clock Monday the ten hour countdown began. According to the Office of Personnel Management, employees who are neither 'excepted' nor 'exempt' from shutdown furloughs who report for work Tuesday will be sent home. Already hit hard by unpaid furlough days from sequestration, many civilian employees may not have a job to do come tomorrow.

And the hurt trickles down, right to those benefiting from their neighbors.

"They are our regulars," said Renae Lamb, owner of Wheelhouse Sandwiches and Deli. "They come in... some of them come in everyday."

Wheelhouse is a food haven for base employees. So when sequestration furloughs hit the workforce, it hit business for Lamb.

"I believe a lot of them took Mondays and Fridays off," said Lamb. "So, we felt a significant loss of business on Mondays and Fridays."

Across Bay County, Flyby Coffee refuels those driving along the Tyndall Parkway corridor.

"A majority of them come out from the base," said Flyby Coffee employee Marilyn Martinez.

A newly opened business in Parker, Flyby Coffee is no stranger to the impacts of the base closest to them.

"Most of our traffic is from the base," said Martinez. "When they're closed we don't really do good business."

According to base officials almost 1,000 civilian employees from Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City will be effected-- more than enough to put a strain on business.

"With them going into another shut down that really, really is scary," said Lamb. "This is second home, this is our second paradise. I hate to see what's happening and I hope things get better."

It's been 17 years since the last government shutdown.