In 2018, Hurricane Michael devastated Northwest Florida. The Category 5 storm scoured beachside communities and left catastrophic damage still being repaired.

Marianna, my hometown, is located 60 miles north of Mexico Beach, where Michael came ashore. The hurricane ripped through the city and left it almost unrecognizable.

This community’s residents are resilient and looked after each other following the hurricane. But we wanted to create a community-focused park; something where people can gather and forget about Hurricane Michael’s destruction. Something for tourists to spot and take notice.

We have the perfect location for a pocket park that meets all those goals.

A downtown building that was about 100 years old collapsed during the storm and its owners cleared the lot, leaving an eyesore.

There was one bright spot: a 1920s mural found during demolition, and it’s the perfect discovery to build around for a park that will. We’re putting a clear sealer on it to preserve it for many, many years.

Danny’s hometown, Marianna, Florida, was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Now, he’s doing something about it.

beautiful entrance, large-scale wood planters, paver planters, a stage, picnic tables and benches. It will be a nice, cozy spot that should really bring in people.

As for that mural? We So the city can enjoy something new and exciting while holding onto its rich history.

Watch the video above to find out more about the park.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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