A prominent local organization officially reopened its doors for the first time since Hurricane Michael.
To celebrate, the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club welcomed its members and the community for an afternoon ribbon-cutting, tree planting ceremony, and mixer.
The club is located in the cove community and lost about 30 trees on their campus in the storm.
Officials of the club say they wanted to plant a tree to not only remember the past but also taking a step into a future.
Don Walton, St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club General Manager said, “it’s just a strong symbol. We have a huge oak tree on our deck that when we opened back up, everybody, we had people crying literally crying because the oak tree was still there, they were so happy. It’s just the strength of our club and everything we’re doing here.“
The Bay County and Panama City Beach Chambers of Commerce as well as Visit Panama City attended the event.