Category 4, 155 mph, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Forgotten Coast near Mexico Beach on October 10, 2018. The area suffered extreme damage. Most of this article was written months before Michael arrived and reflects things as they were, not as they are today. Many places have been repaired and are okay, but Mexico Beach is still having trouble recovering from this killer storm.
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OLD FLORIDA TOWNS ON THE FORGOTTEN COAST
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Some local chambers of commerce got together in the early 1990s and came up with a name for their lonely stretch of north Florida gulf front towns and beaches.
Forgotten Coast is a pretty good name for this section along US-98 in the Panhandle.
The coast extends from Mexico Beach to Shell Point Beach and St. Marks.
It is not nearly as crowded and busy as the beaches to the west toward Panama City and the rest of the Redneck Riviera. One of the reasons is that's is a long way south of Interstate 10 and miles west of Interstate 75.
Here are some small towns along the Forgotten Coast that should be remembered as neat places to chill out and enjoy some remaining Old Florida. The places have great beaches and seafood and a lot of history.
The towns are arranged from west to east as if you are driving along US-98.
MEXICO BEACH is a community of about 1,000 people directly on the Gulf of Mexico on US-98. It's nearest neighbors are Panama City to the west and Port St. Joe to the east.
Highway 98 in Mexico Beach
The video below shows Mexico beach 1 year after Hurricane Michael.
PORT ST JOE was once defined by the rancid stench of its paper mill. The mill is long gone and the town has reinvented itself as a tourist destination. Click on photo for more.
EASTPOINT is a working waterfront town across the bay from Apalachicola. It is in the heart of the commercial oyster industry, and also has a great fishing pier. It's where you take the bridge out to St. George Island.
Fishing Boats in Eastpoint, Florida
CARRABELLE is a quiet fishing village that played a large role in World War Two. It's where amphibious landings were practiced before the Normandy invasion. Click on photo for more.
Apalachicola is a small town on the Gulf of Mexico east of Panama City. Good seafood and historic neighborhoods.
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