Google mappers trek Central Florida's shoreline

By Claire Metz, Volusia County News Reporter, cmetz@hearst.com
Published On: Aug 23 2013 07:13:42 AM HST

Florida's tourism arm, Visit Florida, is teaming with Google to map the Sunshine State's natural treasure: the beaches.

ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. -

A team of Google mappers is working to capture Central Florida's coastline.

Two men with a 40-pound backpack that boasts a 15-camera orb are trekking all over the Sunshine State's sandy beaches.

"You can't complain -- walking the beaches of Florida. I can't imagine anything better than that," Google mapper Chris Principal said.

The men are working to create maps in partnership with the state's tourism arm, Visit Florida. Their cameras take panoramic pictures every 2.5 seconds.

Principal is impressed by the beaches' bountiful natural beauty, but fellow mapper Gregg Matthews said not everything will make the map's final cut.

"I saw a guy who was, well as I put it, technically not naked, but he was as close as you could get," Matthews said.

Any faces captures in the images will be blurred.

The mappers have already walked 300 miles. They will soon meet with a new team, who will continue on to South Florida.

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