Tourists can help rebuild storm-ravaged town in Florida

Officials in a Florida Panhandle beach town are hoping tourists want to do more than frolic in the surf and lay in the sun. (MGN/file)
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Officials in a Florida Panhandle beach town are hoping tourists want to do more than frolic in the surf and lay in the sun.

They're hoping tourists will help rebuild a neighboring beach town devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Officials in Panama City Beach on Tuesday introduced a program that allows tourists during their visit to help build homes and plant sea oats in the sand dunes of neighboring Mexico Beach, which was demolished by the category 5 storm.

The tourism promotion agency is offering a “Stay it Forward” package for tourists interested in helping out.