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Kevin Beary

Businesses struggle to open amid lines, testing patience

Orlando-area businesses cleared away debris and came back to life Saturday as residents ventured out for food, gasoline and supplies in the wake of Hurricane Charley. Shopping malls, supermarkets and gasoline stations reopened, except in hard-hit areas that were still without electricity. But long lines, combined with closed gas stations and restaurants, tested customers' patience. "If you don't need to be on the road, help us out" by staying home, said Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary at a news conference. The economic impact of the storm was lessened because many businesses already were closed for the weekend. Bill Donegan, Orange County property appraiser, said...