Members of the Joint Agency In-Water Strike (JAWS) Team are conducting surveys at the St Andrews Marina, Panama City Marina and Snug Harbor. The team is using sonar mapping technology to assess the conditions and amount of debris in the marina basins after Hurricane Michael.
JAWS consists of the Panama City Fire Department, Bay County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Bay County, Florida Emergency Services and FSU Panama City’s Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Program.
The project provides a real, hands-on opportunity for FSU-PC students in the program. Students are taking on the role of incident commander and helping guide the surveying process. They will also compile the sonar and digital images onto maps that the City can use.
The team is currently working at the Panama City Marina. Mayor Greg Brudnicki and City Manager Mark McQueen requested the team survey the boat ramp area first as the City’s debris removal contractor will begin clearing a channel from the boat ramp to St. Andrews Bay this month. The goal is to reopen the boat ramp in time for the summer boating season.
The team will move to survey the St. Andrews Marina next and then to Snug Harbor. Thank you, JAWS Team!