Locals find new reasons to be thankful on second Thanksgiving after Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Thanksgiving was a difficult time for our community last year as people were still reeling from Hurricane Michael, but one year later, locals are finding new reasons to be thankful.

As homes get rebuilt and businesses reopen, Bay County Commissioners say Thanksgiving feels a little more normal this year. (WJHG/WECP)

"Last year we just had no idea, we were just a month or six weeks into it, still battling insurance, and just unknown whether we were going to reopen, so we're really thankful to one: be back and kind of have a plan on getting our repairs finished up and to really look forward to this holiday season and for 2020," said the owner of The Little Mustard Seed Greg Snow.

As homes get rebuilt and businesses reopen, Bay County Commissioners say Thanksgiving feels a little more normal this year.

"The cities and the counties worked well together, and the citizens throughout the county have worked well, and they've worked very hard throughout this last year trying to get our area back like it was before the storm, and so I'm just thankful for the hard work that's gone into this last year to get us where we are today," said Bay County Commissioner Bill Dozier.

To show their thanks, county commissioners took the time Wednesday to bring Thanksgiving meals from Sonny's to some of the people who have been crucial to our area's recovery.

"I'm so thankful that we actually get to spend Thanksgiving with our family this year. Last year we were extremely busy with the hurricane, dealing with cleanup, rescue, making sure other people were provided {for}, and making sure people had what they needed to have, so it's really a blessing this year just to be able to spend time with our family," said Fire Captain of Bay County Fire Gabriel Mochella.

This Thanksgiving shows how one tragedy can lead to many different reasons to be thankful.

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