Mexico Beach approves new business plans while continuing to rebuild

Mexico Beach approves new business plans while continuing to rebuild

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – Mexico Beach has made progress in rebuilding since Hurricane Michael struck in 2018.

“It’s slow. Hurricane Michael has wreaked havoc on our city and our business community and it’s just going to take a while,” Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey said.

The city has nearly 200 building permits open for residential construction, and around eight companies are either starting construction or just shy of opening. One of these being the Shell Shack.

“It totally wiped us out. We had to start with the ground and work, ”said Theresa Hunter, co-owner of Shell Shack.

Hunter said having to rebuild was not easy.

“It was an eye-opening experience and I never want to do it again,” she continued.

The family-owned store opened in 1965. Hunter says the difficult rebuilding process was well worth it.

“It means a lot. It means finally getting back to normal and being able to start over and see all our friends and clients again,” Hunter…

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