Florida Caverns State Park campground closing in on opening

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WTVY) -- Campgrounds on the Florida Caverns will soon re-open thanks to the help of many volunteers some of which aren't even from the area.

Camp spots at the Florida Caverns State Park campground (Source: WTVY)

Since Hurricane Michael hit, the campground has not seen any campers until now.

Phil and Shar Roos have devoted their time to rebuilding the campsite.

"This camp had to be rebuilt and it's a beautiful campground and all the pieces were here," Phil Roos said.

Phil retired from the Navy and Shar left her job selling insurance.

They wanted to spend their time doing something bigger than themselves.

“Let's go around and visit all 50 states but let's take a year to volunteer and that's how we ended up starting our "A Year to Volunteer" group,” Phil said. “We were thinking that we were going to be volunteering by ourselves in 50 states.”

That's when they received a call.

"A friend of Phil's had said ‘Hey you might wanna check out to Florida Caverns State Park,’ Shar said. “They were decimated in Hurricane Michael so we got a bunch of our RV friends together and people just started joining in and saying they wanted to help out."

That's when Phil, Shar and dozens of other volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work picking up where contractors left off.

"They've helped tremendously with the park staff having to do other things as their park duties but also with helping out with the park getting able to be open to the public," Park Service Specialist Amanda Glover.

The park only has one more task before they reopen the campsite and that is relocating the well to the campground.