Beyond The Joe and “Picking Up the Pieces” there are a host of events today through Saturday to remember Hurricane Michael and celebrate the distance traveled on the rebuild.


Rise Up

The Gulf County Tourist Development Council will host “Rise Up” at 4 p.m. ET in George Core Park.

There will be live music, the Lions Club will be cooking and the volunteer committee that lit up the Cape San Blas Lighthouse for the Christmas season last year will brighten the scene near dark.


Mexico Beach: One Year after Michael

The Mexico Beach Community Development Council, Mexico Beach Special Events and the city of Mexico Beach will host a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of Michael 5-7 p.m. CT in the parking lot in front of Mango Marley’s (the city’s business district).

Rockin’ Randall and the band Flabbergasted will provide live music and there will be free food and refreshments.

Several speakers will also talk about rebuilding from Michael.


50 for Florida fundraising run

Saturday’s “50 for Florida” fundraising run carries the goal of raising $500,000 this year toward a goal of $2 million over the next three years to be distributed among churches in Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe.

The sponsored race will begin and end in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe on U.S. 98.

The course continues through Mexico Beach to Louisiana Ave. in Tyndall and returns on the same route; runners will go out one side of U.S. 98 and return on the other side.

Along the route, there will be seven aid stations with food and drink and Port A- Potties.

The stations are placed in such a fashion to encourage relay teams; a runner will cover roughly a 10k between stations.

Runners from around the country, including ultra-marathoners who will run all 50 miles, have already registered.

Entry effectively meant a pledge from each individual runner to raise $1,000.

Additionally, the event’s website offers an array of ways to donate by purchasing a host of gear, such as T-shirts and other “event swag.”

Individuals may also donate directly without sponsoring a runner.

To learn more, register to run or donate, visit www.50forFLcom or visit the event’s page on Facebook.



Stronger than the Storm

Hosted by a restaurateur from out of state who arrived shortly after Michael and provided meals for weeks afterward, “Stronger than the Storm” is a daylong event held 9:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. ET Oct. 12 at Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill.

There will be a menu of free food, including a Sno-Cone Truck, ice cream, Southern buffet, burgers, hot dogs and pizza.

Free fun is included with live music, a Bouncy house, kid’s games and S’mores around a campfire.