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Florida Bar Removes Famous Dollar Bill Decor, Collects $15,000 for Hurricane Dorian Relief

Southern Living logo Southern Living 10/2/2019 Meghan Overdeep
a store inside of a building © Erin Morgan

For years, visitors to the Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida, have been stapling dollar bills to the walls, to the ceiling, to the columns…anywhere they could find an open space. The place was quite literally covered in dollar bills, and it was famous for it.

But last month, employees of the neighborhood bar began the arduous task of removing the bills in order to donate the money to the parts of the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar General Manager Kristin Hale told Weather.com that so far they’ve collected about $15,000. She said the staff has worked through all of September to gently remove the bills from the walls and columns.

"It literally took a whole month because they're attached with hardcore staples," Hale said.

She added that about 90% of the money has been taken down, but a lot is still hanging from the ceiling. It will likely take until mid-October to pull down the rest.

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"We're actually kind of shocked the bills were useable," Hale told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. "Hopefully, those dollars weren't detrimental to the structure of the building."

Well done, y’all!

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