Restaurant in Panacea heavily damaged from Hurricane Michael

Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 16:45:00-04

PANACEA, Fla. (WTXL) - Many homes and businesses in Panacea are still standing after Hurricane Michael made landfall about 60 miles to the west. 

The floors and railings were ripped right off Mad Anthony's Waterfront Grille in Panacea. And the docks out front that usually have more than 100 boats tied up are destroyed. 

One employee, Wendy Sparks, says 13 feet of storm surge came crashing into the restaurant and boat house.

Sparks says she stayed home during Hurricane Michael, even though she was in an evacuation zone.

Despite damages to her home, Mad Anthony's is her biggest concern right now. 

"I'm worried about my business here that I work at and we have no job now. It's bad. The floors is up. They have no business here. Not until they redo it," said Sparks. 

Sparks was also living in Panacea when Hurricane Dennis hit as a Category 4 back in 2005. She says the damage from Michael is comparable. 

We asked the owner when they might reopen. The question overwhelmed her. She said a lot of work and rebuilding needs to be done.