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Hurricane Michael
Perdido Key gives visitors access to some of the best scenery in the country with its secluded beaches and nature walks through state and national parks. (photo credit: Visit Pensacola)

Earlier this month, VISIT FLORIDA relaunched Florida Now, a landing page featuring a collection of Hurricane Michael recovery information and updates including an interactive map with photos, videos, Twitter feeds and webcams. In addition, the page includes a new Northwest Florida blog section that can be filtered by city to show business openings, coming soon messages, upcoming events and other destination-specific information submitted by tourism businesses to help visitors and travel advisors make the most informed travel decisions.

For example, you’ll learn, by going to this page, that the Franklin County Tourist Development Council reports that the coastal towns of Apalachicola, Alligator Point, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and St. George Island are back open for business. Visitors who head to Apalachicola’s annual Christmas Celebration the day after Thanksgiving will get to see the streets light up in the historic downtown (from 4-8 p.m.). The streets will be lined with luminaries, merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with the Christmas spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m.

Navarre Beach and all of Santa Rosa County are fully functional, according to the website, with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office stating that, “By visiting our shops and restaurants and supporting our tourism industry, you’ll help our residents recover and let life in Navarre Beach return to its natural, relaxed state. Show your love and support of Navarre Beach, and plan to visit Florida’s Most Relaxing Place soon.”

In Pensacola, too, all of the area’s fall festivals and upcoming holiday events will continue as planned.

Wakulla, meanwhile, located just south of Tallahassee, is open for business, but some events, including the Stone Crab Festival and the Panacea Oyster Festival, have been postponed until further notice.

For more updates, go to visitflorida.com/en-us/florida-now.html.