VISIT FLORIDA and Google team up to map Florida beaches

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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:09 am | Updated: 5:53 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- VISIT FLORIDA and Google are teaming up to map 825 miles of beaches in the Sunshine State.

The four-month project will require two-person teams to use Street View Trekker technology - a backpack camera system with 15 lenses angled in different directions - and walk about 50 miles of beaches each week as they capture 360-degree images of the state's beaches. Those images will be integrated into Google Maps.

"With 825 miles of beaches, Florida is the world's definitive beach destination," said Will Seccombe, President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism marketing agency. "Partnering with Google Maps to document the beauty and diversity of Florida's beaches and coastline using this amazing technology will allow people to see parts of the Sunshine State they may never have discovered on their own."

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