'Never Forgotten Coast' campaign provides microgrants to Mexico Beach businesses

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 3, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee husband and wife are teaming up to help a storm-battered community after Hurricane Michael.

"We thought, let's just do something then figure it out as we go," said Alex Workman.

After Hurricane Michael leveled Mexico Beach, Alex and Chelsea Workman founded their campaign, Never Forgotten Coast.

Their plan is to raise money to jump start the economy with microgrants for local businesses.

"The best way to jump start the economy is to get businesses back open and people into the city to spend money," said Workman.

The popular Panhandle destination is still unrecognizable from the damage and is looking at a long road ahead to rebuild.

"We built a website sharing the stories of business owners," said Workman.

While collecting donations and selling t-shirts to raise money, they're also sharing stories of heartbreak and recovery. They hope the campaign helps bring businesses, visitors and hope back to Mexico Beach.

"We think that offering humanity to disaster will help people gain perspective on what the folks went through," said Workman.

So far, Never Forgotten Coast has sold more than 2,000 t-shirts and raised thousands of dollars. Anyone wanting to help can purchase a shirt through their website until Sunday, or donate at any time.

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