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Business Boom Along Interstate 10

Authorities say Interstate 10 traffic flowed steady across Northwest Florida, which is a good start to the four-day Thanksgiving Holiday period that ends Sunday night.

Denise Serigne is a server at Sally's Restaurant along Interstate 10 in Ponce de Leon. She says, the more motorists, the better. "Yes, it means a lot. We have a sign along I-10 and it lets folks know we're here. It brings a lot of business to us off the interstate."

Sharon and Bob Coltrane of El Paso, Texas are taking their motor home en route to see relatives in Pensacola. They're not intimidated to be on the interstate during the busiest travel period of the year.

"We are a little concerned about Pensacola,” Bob Coltrane said. “We understand the bridge was closed a bit yesterday, but we'll take it in stride and see what happens."

For some motorists, it's a bit of a challenge to see how well they shape up to the busiest travel periods of the year.

A steady stream of travelers would stop at the Chataqua Winery along I-10 in Defuniak Springs.

Dusti Alford, of Chataqua Winery said, "They come in off the interstate. They taste the wine thinking they'll buy a bottle, instead they buy a case. We really like it that way."

Several Panhandle business operators we talked with don't believe the skyrocketing price of fuel will "cut down" on their profits this Thanksgiving Holiday.


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