Google WaterviewApril 26, 2019 - Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast - (OBA®) - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, through their connection with the Google Maps Street View imaging team, has arranged for Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan to be the second location in the United States to have the popular Google Street View virtual tour imaging technology brought onto inland waterways. On May 1st, Waterway View filming will take place, beginning at FloraBama and finishing in Fort Morgan.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, May 1st, beginning at 5:00 PM there will be a media event held at Top Tier Watersports at Happy Harbor Marina. All regional news media are invited to attend to learn all about this national program, talk to the Google photographer that designed and launched the program, see the Google Street View system setup on the boat, and talk to the local businesses that were also instrumental in helping to get this unique program brought to Coastal Alabama.
 
Sponsors for the program so far include...
 
  • FloraBama
  • Tacky Jacks Bar and Grill
  • Springhill Suites at The Wharf
  • The Wharf
  • Red or White at The Wharf
  • Sandshaker at The Wharf
  • Top Tier Watersports
  • City of Gulf Shores
  • City of Orange Beach
  • Riviera Utilities
 
Waterway View adds the ability for the public to use Google Maps to virtually cruise the Intracoastal Waterway from FloraBama westward to Mobile Bay, and includes a cruise by Fort Morgan. Viewers will get visually familiar with the waterway, marinas, shipyards, docks, raft-up spots, beaches, parks, waterfront businesses, and other boating points of interest along this stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway.
 
Waterway View was launched as a pilot program throughout 2018 in the South Florida area. During this pilot all the engineering and best practices were built, tested, and improved. Coastal Alabama is the second region in the United States to have Waterway View imaging captured and added to Google Maps. The third region will be Sarasota County, Florida in mid-May. The Waterway View program will continue to expand throughout popular boating waterways all across the U.S. over the next several years.
 
At the same time, the Chamber is launching a new “Visitor Guide” mobile app that incorporates the Google Waterway View and Google Street View inside businesses. The millions of visitors to the region each year will be able to download this app on their phones free of charge and have engaging access and a virtual walk-through of businesses, places of interest, and the Intracoastal Waterway. All dining, shopping, family activities, attractions, and other businesses will be able to directly connect with visitors through this mobile app. It also features all of the public accessible facilities owned by the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, including their sport tournament and conference facilities.
 
This Waterway View program and mobile app puts Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and participating businesses far ahead in mobile technology designed to attract and connect with boaters, visitors, and locals  providing them the information in the palm of their hands to guide their decision making on where to go, what to do, and where to shop and dine. The goal is to make this a tool they will use continually throughout the Coastal Alabama Region.
 
Greg Alexander, President of the Chamber invites all area businesses and residents to contact the chamber for more information or to request to have the Google photographer capture a specific point of interest or business in the region.
 
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