Friday the 26th of April
Nine days after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, Heritage Monitoring Scouts met with archaeologists to assess storm damage and erosion on Deadman's Island. Located along Pensacola Bay, Deadman's Island once served as a careening ground, shipbuilding center, quarantine station, and cemetery. Although the Pensacola area was not directly hit by the hurricane, erosion is a constant threat to the numerous archaeological sites on this unique landform. The Scout Meet-up, conducted on Deadman's Island over a week after the hurricane, helped to document changes from the storm surge and to further train volunteers to assess other sites to the east of Pensacola that were more heavily affected.