Dunes flattened, trails obliterated: Some Florida state parks undone by Hurricane Michael

Michael wiped out dunes, created new beaches and destroyed access roads from St. George to St. Joe and inland to the Caverns.


The strongest hurricane ever to strike the Panhandle devastated Florida’s network of awarding-winning state parks.

Dunes are gone at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Roads at Florida Caverns State Parks seem to no longer exist. Hurricane Michael carved a new beach from the shoreline at Little St. George Island with 100-plus mph winds.

Fourteen state parks from Leon to Bay County are closed until further notice due to damage from the Oct. 10 storm.

“The focus remains on assessing park conditions,” said Sarah Shellabarger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Parks System.

FPS has 12 “strike teams” on site in the Panhandle to assess damage and clear debris. Read full article.