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FWC hoping to identify boat that struck Grand Lagoon dock

News Release

Friday, March 23, 2012

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

Someone on a relatively large boat hit and damaged a dock behind a private residence on Grand Lagoon in Bay County last week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is trying to identify the vessel and whoever was operating the boat at the time.

The dock is behind a residence at 5202 Finisterre Drive on Panama City Beach. Mike Bennett owns the residence.

Bennett contacted the FWC March 16 after seeing substantial damage to his dock. He believes the dock was damaged sometime the previous week.

“We believe the vessel is likely 30 to 60 feet in length, white, and will have damage to its bow,” FWC Investigator Drew Nelson said. “We’re asking that anyone with information about the incident contact us.”

The FWC’s Wildlife Alert number is 888-404-3922.



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