Popular Mexico Beach restaurant planning to rebuild

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - What may look like another pile of debris in Mexico Beach, means a lot more to Patrick Lee.

"I see a livelihood that's been taken away from people," Lee said.

Lee is one of the owners of Toucan's, a Mexico Beach landmark that's been around for more than 50 years. He says the restaurant didn't consist of four walls and table tops, but of the memories people made inside.

"They got married here, they had their wedding reception here," Lee said.

For most people, the sight of what's left would be enough to call it quits, but not for Lee and his partners.

"We have a ton of positive, super positive people reaching out to us, begging us and saying please build back," Lee said.

Building back, not just for the business but to serve as a beacon for the community.

"We're not running from this, Michael didn't scare us away. Toucan's is going to be part of Mexico Beach. It's been here since 1966 so we're going to be here for another 50 years. Without question," Lee said.

In the meantime, the owners of Toucan's are putting together a food truck with some of the restaurant's popular menu items and will be giving meals out for free.