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Ice businesses were booming during Tampa's water troubles

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While the City of Tampa's water trouble was bad for some businesses, it brought an unexpected boost to others.

Several local ice companies were slammed this weekend trying to fill the sudden demand brought on by the boil water alert. Many restaurant managers decided to throw out the ice made by their ice machines, since they use city water.

"People are calling every 20, 30 minutes asking for ice and it's nonstop," said Matthew Samson of Arctic Ice. "It was so hectic and busy."

Cool Ice, Inc. owner Diego Echeverry said he ordered about 80,000 pounds of ice from Miami and Gainesville to keep up with this weekend's unexpected boost in business.

"It's was pretty crazy," said Cool Ice Delivery driver Daniel Henao. "Everybody wanted ice… clubs, restaurants, strip clubs."

It's was busy weekend for them, but not everyone in the service industry was as lucky. Maggiano's Little Italy at Westshore Plaza closed its doors for the second night in a row Saturday. Starbucks across the city didn't sell their signature handcrafted coffee drinks, only bottled beverages.

"I was extremely surprised," said customer Shanna Goratowski. "I really wanted my coffee today."

Countless other restaurants didn't serve tap water or soda from their fountains. Many local grocery stores struggled to keep their water shelves stocked.  Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten said a continuous flow of trailers delivered water and ice to stores in the impacted area Saturday.

The precautionary Boil Water Notice in effect for all City of Tampa water customers was lifted early Sunday, after test results confirmed the water is safe to drink.

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