Hurricane Michael destroyed 75 percent of Mexico Beach. The quant town along the coast is trying to put the pieces back together each day.
“Mexico Beach has been a great fishing community for years and years,” said Chris King, Mexico Beach resident. Hurricane Michael didn’t erase residents memory of what Mexico Beach once was.
“They call Mexico Beach the snapper capital of the world,” said King.
Now that the waterways are now fully cleared of debris, the area is closer to once again being a boat friendly town.”We were born from a fishing community, that’s how we started,” said Al Cathey, Mexico Beach Mayor.
Mayor Cathey said the next step in the clean up process is a dredging project on the waterways. “The dredge is in the canal they are going to dredge all the way out through the sandbar,” said Cathey.
The city hopes by April 1st to open up the canal to boaters. Mayor Cathey said bringing back their boating population is a critical step in recovery.
Those living in the area like chris king are looking forward to once again being on the water near their home. “I fish by the weather if it’s pretty were gunna go,” said King.