NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man on Staten Island isn’t letting the devastation of superstorm Sandy take away his spirit.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

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Part of this street next to John Toto’s restaurant of 28 years has collapsed, the utilities are still out, and it seems half of Midland Beach was deposited there.

“Been a month now and there hasn’t been any progress at all,” he told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Toto’s business was devastated.

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“Well, we had roughly about eight feet of water inside, okay. My whole lower level was completely compromised,” he said. “All my refrigeration units, compressors, walk-in box, supplies, bathrooms.”

To make matters worse, he also lost his house.

“That was ripped off the foundation and pushed about a hundred feet down the street,” he said.

“If it was just the home, then I would be focusing on that. If it was just the business, then I would be focusing on the other,” he added. “But since it’s both, right now I have to focus on trying to get this [business] operating.”

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But Toto insists he will not give up.