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Ice maker on the Suncoast struggling without power

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Lee's ICE provides more than 200 businesses with ice bags here on the Suncoast, but has had to turn customers away since Hurricane Irma. 

Their facility along Swift Rd. features a large walk-in freezer that is now empty, save for a few wooden pallets and the water dripping from the ceiling. 

The general manager tells ABC7 that they have been buying ice from other suppliers as far away as Georgia, but can't keep up with the demand for their product.

That demand is high with many homes still waiting for their power to be restored. 

FPL has many crews working to restore power on the Suncoast, and hopes to have all the infrastructure repaired by Sept. 22nd.