New Year's Eve celebration canceled due to Hurricane Michael

Published: Dec. 30, 2018 at 5:57 PM CST
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Ever since Hurricane Michael, people in Bay and Gulf counties have been left with a lot of repairs and cleaning up to do.

That's why this year, tourism officials are canceling their "Celebrate Twice" event.

The New Year's Eve tradition usually brings locals and visitors to the spot where Bay and Gulf counties meet, which is also where Central time meets Eastern time. That way, people could ring in the new year twice, but this year, officials say they're just focused on recovery.

"We definitely need to give our establishment some time to recover and rebuild and make sure we have accommodations when we're ready to invite everybody back, especially over into Mexico Beach, so we're just waiting on our neighbors to get ready as well as heal ourselves and give ourselves some grace and we'll be ready to be back hopefully next year," Gulf County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Kelli Godwin said.

Some restaurants will be hosting their own New Year's Eve festivities. Gulf County is also planning fireworks over the St. Joe Bay at 10:00 pm.

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