TAMPA - While the government shutdown is behind us for now, big science and local small businesses are just starting to get back on track.
The idea for St. Petersburg Brewing Company has been fermenting for 18 months.
President Tom Williams was set to pour his first pint in November.
"We're hoping that doesn't become mid to late-December based on
everything else," he said.
He needs a brewing license from the federal government-- alcohol, tobacco and firearms.
Though the shutdown is now over, he's still not sure how fast that'll happen.
"What will be the first things? Will it be getting new licenses like ours up to date or
Is it getting the existing brewers labels for the beers that they have waiting to go to market," Williams said.
There are 1,800 beer brewers nationwide are waiting in line too for Uncle Sam to get back up to speed.
It's only a temporary truce-- congress voted to end the 16-day shutdown and raise the borrowing limit, which had a ripple effect across the country today.
Florida's Everglades National Park reopened its gates to visitors today.
The Smithsonian national air and space museum did too.
And White House workers welcomed employees back to work.
Here in Tampa Bay, USF scientists are hoping the door to their research is back open too.
"I'm pretty confident that we're going to go," said Dr. Amelia Shevenell from USF College of Marine Science.
Shevenell and her crew were headed to Antarctica to study climate change.
But her trip, 10 years in the making, is still tentative because there's no official word from the national science foundation on funding the cruise.
"Also, just frustrated. It seems so needless, you know like a big fire drill."
Back along 1st avenue north Williams is cautiously optimistic.
The shutdown's over, but it's impact, he suspects, is not.
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