Mexico Beach, Florida, was ravaged by Hurricane Michael this past October but that is not keeping the city from putting its best foot forward for visitors.
The community has opened a temporary Welcome Center, which opened its doors on December 4, 2018.
The facility is next to the original Welcome Center at the west entrance to Mexico Beach adjacent to the canal and is designed to serve as a meeting point for visitors. community members and workers, all of whom are passionate about rebuilding Mexico Beach.
“This stretch of sand is home or a home-away-from-home to so many and our temporary Welcome Center now provides everyone with a location to stop by, say ‘hello’ and feel the resiliency of Mexico Beach,” shared Mexico Beach community development council president Kimberly Shoaf. “We have been so touched by the outpouring of support from our devoted visitors, who are a dynamic part of this unforgettable coast and community, which holds such a special place in everyone’s hearts.”
Right now, there is a massive effort to rebuild the region. Currently, a beach clean-up is underway to clear the beach and dunes of debris from the storm. An RFP has already been submitted for clearing and repairing the damaged canal and construction and cleaning crews are working to repair salvageable structures.
Within the city, there are three restaurants that have reopened in a limited capacity, including Caribbean Coffee, the first to open its doors after the hurricane. Mango Marley’s has opened a food truck in the parking lot of the original, serving breakfast and lunch daily as well as serving meals to neighboring Tyndall Air Force Base.
Rustic Sand’s Grill is providing breakfast and lunch three days a week and is having live music on Friday & Saturday for residents and the many workers supporting clean-up efforts to enjoy.
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