Astatula Mayor Hillard Shepard

Astatula Mayor Hillard Shepard chats in front of Race Car Diner on December 2, 2008. The restaurant is one of several businesses in Astatula, a small town of barely 1,500 residents along C.R. 561, that will be hit hard this month when next-door neighbor Florida Made Door lays off 80 employees. It hurt last year when the company laid off more than 100 folks. Most of the sub shop’s business comes from employees grabbing a quick lunch.

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