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Google Maps Camera-toting teams map Fla. beaches

August 14, 2013

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One step at time, camera-toting crews are walking all 825 miles of Florida’s coastline to capture the views for Google Maps.

Google has partnered with Florida’s tourism agency, Visit Florida, to create Florida’s vast beach view.

A two-man team began walking from the Florida-Alabama border in late July. The duo will finish mapping Florida Panhandle beaches this month. Then they skip over to the state’s Atlantic coast and move south before meeting up with another two-person team that will finish the walk the rest of the way around Florida’s coast in the coming months.

Florida leaders are applauding the project and say it will be a good way to entice visitors to the many pristine beaches that make tourism the state’s leading industry.

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