PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Restoring the marinas around Bay County after Hurricane Michael is going to be a monumental task, but some Florida State University Panama City students are making the job easier for local government.
Students in the Underwater Crime Scene Investigation program at FSU-PC have spent the semester using sonar technology to access and catalog the damage done to the Panama City, Saint Andrews, and Snug Harbor marinas.
They presented their findings today to local leaders, who will use the data in the recovery process.
Students say although Michael caused a lot of damage, they are glad they can use skills they’ve learned in the classroom to help in a real-world situation.
“To go through and experience, like Hurricane Michael while I was in school was very stressful, but I think I can speak on behalf the rest of the students as well, we were able to push through it and have a positive impact on our community as a result,” said Sally Pendoley, one of five students in the UCSI program.
The survey showed extensive damage to the Panama City Marina, including the concrete seawall being destroyed, but little to minor damage to the Snug Harbor and St. Andrews Marinas.