Part of the St. Andrews State Park campground has reopened after damage from Hurricane Michael

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Ohioans Mark and Taylor Thorne love camping. They drive to begging just to get to the St. Andrews State Park Campgrounds in Bay County. Although, after the campground was damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018, it was temporarily closed.

“We were actually here when the hurricane hit and had to evacuate,” Mark said.

On Thursday, another part of the site was restored.

“We were able to reopen 60 sites in this first phase, and then we introduced our second phase around 20 sites,” said Amber Rounseville, assistant superintendent of St. Andrews State Park.

This was made possible through a $60,000 grant from the St. Joe Community Foundation and a partnership with the Florida State Parks Foundation. The reconstruction included new updates including an activity pavilion, restrooms, fire ring and benches. Officials said they are also taking appropriate measures to protect the campground during storms.

“We were able to dig in to set up the campsite so that flooding was no longer an issue like it was at the old campsites,” Rounseville said.

Now Mark and Taylor are starting new traditions with their newborn, Witt.

“We have a three-month-old son, so we’re trying to start these traditions with him.”

Park officials said a final completion date has yet to be set. For more information on camping, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/st-andrews-state-park/hours-fees

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