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Old 10-13-2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default When are the reefs by portofino launching?

I heard that they are launching several reefs just a couple hundred feet from the shore for snorkeling... anyone know when?? Also about how long does it take to start seeing fish there normally?
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:37 AM   #2
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it wont take long becauseof the pier close by but idk when they will.
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I've been looking for this info too. No luck so far.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:27 AM   #4
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Default reefs by the shore.

I looked at the reefs at the reef makers place yesterday. They are about ready to be deployed. It won't take long in that shallow water for everything to kick off!!!
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Awesome!!!!!!!
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ahh yeah! Thanks capt mike!
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any other news on these bad boys that are suppose to go down?
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bump... anyone?
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another bump... status?
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There has been a delay beacuse the company putting the reefs down could not install them with the full length pilings. They cut the pilings down to the size they could handle. Unfortunatly the reefs were not permitted for the shorter pilings, so the permitting/design had to be changed.

The permits are now in hand. However, there are some budget issues that are holding up the placement of reefs on the north side of Santa Rosa island.

From the minutes of the Marine Advisory Comittee Dec. 13th meeting:

Artificial reefs

Robert Turpin received the modification to the near shore east shore permit site signed by Army Corp of Engineers; a portion of that area will allow us to increase from an 8 ft reef height to 16 ft reef height. This is the vicinity east and west of the three barges which is a 60 acre site for the bulk of the Gulf Breeze Fishing Bridge.

Gulf Snorkeling Reef
Robert Turpin has received confirmation that the five foot sleeve connection for the 15 ft reef pilings Dave Walter’s is putting down for the snorkeling reef is actually stronger. Pearson Piling has satisfied the requirements and the pilings will be sufficiently strong for the hydrodynamic forces in this area.

Bay Reefs
We have received permits from the Army Corp of Engineers for the Bay Reefs after a two year and four month long process. We have issued a purchase order to Coastal Reef Builders to deploy about 400 concrete anchors, solid concrete pieces that BP has donated to us, to go out in the deeper parts of the reef. We are still looking at budget issues for the deployment of the snorkeling reef on the north side of the island. Something in the pre-fabricated reef module will probably be best at that site. On the shallow end we could put some rip rapp to maintain a six foot clearance. In the shallow area it will be better for those with less snorkeling ability and they can stand up.

Perdido Key Snorkeling Reef
We have submitted the applications for the Perdido Key Snorkeling Reef so we will hopefully seeing a faster time line on receiving the permits.

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