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Old 08-02-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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If I wanted to build and deploy my own structures (legally) in the gulf, what are the costs of getting a permit to drop it or any other expenses I'm not thinking about?
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The actual cost in Escambia county for the permit is 25 dollars for as much as you can take in one trip. The rest of the expense is stuff you know about, time and materials. Don't underestimate time.
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There are also some restriction on what you can legally put down. the info is on the escambia county website
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I know nothing about the rules for deploying a reef so I'm going to ask a dumb question. If you have to get a permit from the county to make a reef for $25, is the county permit still needed if your reef is in Federal water? Sorry for the highjack, just trying to learn something.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:42 PM   #5
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to keep it short, no you dont. but you will have to apply for permits from Army Corps of Eng, Dept. Env Protection, EPA, etc..... Basically the County has applied for and received permits to deploy reefs in predetermined areas. It is just easier for the public to have them hold a permit for a Large Area Artificial Reef Site (LAARS) and then allow people to put stuff in their site.

If you tried to do it yourself in federal waters it would be years before you could drop anything....

Check out the Artificial Reefs Page of the Esc. CO website, its got all kinds of good info on there
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Great info, thanks.
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Anything specific you can ask me. I have gone through the whole process with the county multiple times.
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I'm in okaloosa county , but I've been playing with the idea of buying a pontoon boat with no engine and turning it into a reef dropper, just pulling it with a bigger boat.
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best way IMHO... is Kelly Windes... reef boat Michael Scott... $2000 plus fuel .. includes Capt. and Mate... will load and haul 24 chicken coups.. we put 'em in pairs of 2.. so 12 wrecks.. if you count your time, fuel, to drag out 1 or 2 wrecks at a time on a small barge or pontoon.. it will save $$.. we had 3 partners to split $$ on our wrecks..
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I have thought about the pontoon boat or even a big carolina skiff too. Haven't done it that way though. Well I did use a skiff before but it went out on its own power.
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