John “Lucky” Domingue stood by the pier in Seal Beach sipping coffee and gazing at the blue ocean Friday morning. It was nearly 10 a.m. The beach was empty and so was the tree-lined street behind him.“It’s eerie,” he said. “It’s not what this town is about.”No, the tiny coastal city, between Long Beach and Huntington Beach, is a tourist destination. The main street is lined with restaurants, clothing stores and antique shops, and long before the coronavirus arrived, it was booming.But now, restaurants were allowed to do only takeout orders and food deliveries. Even though clothing stores were allowed to reopen Friday for curbside service only, most remained closed. Advertisement The stores taped messages to their display windows or front doors, letting shoppers know they remained closed but could schedule pickup orders.At one antique shop, the following message was displayed on the window:“Sorry, closed for safety. If you see something in the window or if you would like to pick up your layaway, please call…”A message at another clothing store read: “We are here for your shopping needs. We will provide: Shopping by appointment. Curbside Service. Free shipping.” Advertisement Domingue, a Seal Beach resident and sideshow performer, said businesses… Read full this story
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