Mexico Beach is still receiving donations for recovery and artificial reef construction in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

The Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation just awarded two grants totaling $25,000 to the City and Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA).

Of that, $15,000 is for artificial reef construction, $8,000 for Canal restoration and $2,000 for Pier replacement.

Bob Cox, MBARA President, said the Foundation had been a supporter of the MBARA the past 5 years in several reef construction projects.

The $15,000 award this year represents Phase III of a five-phase project to construct a large reef costing $75,000 fully-funded by the Foundation.

Recently, the Foundation contacted Cox asking for other ways to help Mexico Beach with hurricane recovery this year. As a result, the Foundation distributed additional grant awards of $8,000 for Canal restoration and $2,000 for Pier replacement. Cox stated the Foundation continued to have a vested interest our community and appreciated their wonderful support!

Donations are still being accepted to help the City recover from all the storm damages. If anyone wishes to contribute donations, please visit www.MBARA.org to donate online or send checks payable to MBARA at P.O. Box 13006 Mexico Beach, FL 32410. Be sure to include a memo to let MBARA know your contribution is to be used for hurricane recovery or reef construction or both. MBARA is IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are eligible for tax deductions.