PANAMA CITY – Michael Sturdivant came all the way from Destin to make sure his voice was heard at the environmental impact presentation held at the Bay County Government Center on Thursday night.

Sturdivant, an avid surfer and head of the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, said he has not been out in the gulf water since last July. He hasn’t allowed his son on the beach either.

“I haven’t been in the water since July 10th,” Sturdivant said. “I woke up on July 11th spitting up blood.”

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