Earlier in the year, Google and Visit Florida recruited four men to walk 825 miles of Florida's coastline, with the goal of photographing Florida's beaches, then posting the results on Google Street View for all to see. The journey for the four men consisted of lugging around 45 -pound backpacks equipped with 15-lens cameras that would snap pictures every 15 seconds along the way.
The trip would take four long, heat-filled months, but all along, one thing kept the guys going -- the promise of a stretch of nude beaches that would lift their spirits and provide some much-needed entertainment on this monotonous trip. Not to mention boobs -- hopefully lots and lots of boobies.
When the men reached the nude beaches, all their hopes and dreams came crashing back down to Earth faster than Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
The men told the Miami Herald the trip was cool and all, but it was a real bitch at times, and the nudey beaches? They didn't help.
It was those nude beaches that took the greatest toll on the four trekkers, at least in terms of shattered illusions. "It was pretty hot and pretty hard going when we started in August," Mongiovi said. "And some of the guys, I think, were keeping themselves going with the idea that, hey, soon we'll pass through some nude beaches.
"But when we reached the first one, one of the guys told me: 'The dream died yesterday'... It turns out most of the people who hang out on nude beaches should probably keep their clothes on."
Sounds like these beach walkers got totally conch blocked! Heh.
The photos will be patched together into panoramic, 360-degree views of coastline, with the final result available sometime next spring on Google Maps' Street View.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.