And while traditional local businesses are making a return, new businesses are riding the comeback train too.
"I've always been a part of the tourism industry down here visiting in Panama City Beach and so close to my heart already, and after the hurricane I just hoped maybe there'd be some opportunity to help out and build it back up again," said Jason Magness, Owner of the Bayview Grille.
Magness, who is an Arkansas native, said the charm of historic St. Andrews' bay front atmosphere is what drew him to open shop here.
"And just a thriving little community where you could park, and you could walk, and you could shop and eat and everything," he said.
"I see this area being the holy grail for college students and young adults," said Wittkoph.
"I think there's gonna be more businesses here than there was before," said Magness.
Although the future is still unknown for this small quirky waterfront community, many can agree St. Andrews will come back bigger and better.