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SHELL POINT BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 10: The storm surge and waves from Hurricane Michael batter the beachfront homes on October 10, 2018 in the Florida Panhandle community of Shell Point Beach, Florida. The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle at a possible category 4 storm. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael didn't keep the spring break crowds away from Florida's Panhandle beaches.
The News Herald reports
bed tax collections from Panama City Beach hotels in March showed strong gains in March over the same period last year.
Bay County Tourist Development Council President Dan Rowe says the numbers show that tourists are returning to the beach months after the Category 5 hurricane destroyed much of nearby Panama City and Mexico Beach.
Lodgings in Panama City Beach charge tourists a 5-cent bed tax, which brought in more than $2 million during March. That's a 13.4% increase over the same period last year.
Michael did little damage to Panama City Beach.
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