Inside the Florida Caverns State Park after Hurricane Michael

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Sometimes referred to as the "Jewel of Jackson County," even the Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna couldn't escape Hurricane Michael's wrath.

"The park suffered quite a bit of damage due to the high winds," Park Manager Jacob Strickland said. "I don't think any of us were prepared for the storm."

Those who have dedicated their lives to the park are looking for the silver linings.

"The CCC buildings and the Civilian Conservation Corps buildings, they sustained little to no damage," Strickland said.

Some of those buildings include the visitor center and the Hickory Pavilion.

"I hope the public is excited to know those buildings were spared in the storm," Strickland said.

Renovations have already started, including a new roof for the Hickory Pavilion.

Work on the park is happening in phases.

"We're looking at what are the most sensible places to operate, what can we open back up to the public, and get this park back operational," Strickland said.

There's no date for when the park will reopen, but officials said the new normal is still a beautiful thing.

"It will have that new look and that new feel, but it will very much be the same park," Strickland said.