Help Protect the Reefs in Broward County.

Divers we need your help! on 11/30/2013 at
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale FL 33304 at 2:30pm

Join us as we speak the Army Core of Engineers are trucking in 150,000 cu yards of sand to be placed on dry sand only South of the Hillsboro Inlet to Commercial Blvd.

Come out and educate yourself on how you can help save the coral reef located just our beautiful beaches from Hillsboro Inlet to Oakland Park. Yes that is right Lauderdale by the Sea will fill the beaches with ugly grey silty sand and smother the reef. Their goal is to build the dry sand area to 10 feet above sea level. This is phase one of the project.

Phase two of the project will be performed by Broward County and it will be 650,000 cu yards of sand placed in this same area as well as Lauderdale by the Sea and Oakland Park. The intent of this sand is to build the beach out. That’s right they want to extend and taper this sand on the East side of the sand being placed right now.

We have some very important guest speaker coming out to teach us how to help.
Dan Clark of Cry-of-the-Water has successfully stopped sand from being dumped on select Broward beaches since the 80’s. He would like to help you document your sites to monitor and teach you what he needs to hold up in a court of law.

Ed Tichenor from Reef Rescue will also be onsite to answer any questions you may have.
Adam Nardelli will put on a presentation of stressed corals and reef fish ID. It is very important we document this loss of habitat and fish population. REEF has documented several sites along the Pompano beach and Lauderdale by the Sea Florida prior to this event and we need to document it during and after the event to give them complete data on how destructive nourishing beaches with sand can be.

We need you. Do you scuba or snorkel in the affected areas? Do you walk the beach in these areas? How about the Kiteboarders you guys are out there on rougher days. Can you video this grey sand washing off the beaches into the ocean? We can all help in our own way so come out and join us as we learn how.

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  • divergirl4u

    We will be diving Saturday at 9 am .... please RSVP yes so it can be announced to the group.

    December 4, 2013

  • Megan O.

    Awesome educational session that taught all of how to positively impact our beloved coral reefs. We have to stand together as divers to protect such a valuable resource. Thank you Kim for organizing this.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Kirk

    I'm sorry, where are my manners? I just wanted to say, thank you to everybody that attended this meeting. Dan and ED you guys are the originals, It was you guys out there pulling a GPS. I respect you so much for that. Adam it was great to see you, It's been so long since I saw you last. You guys have inspired me to get more involved. Every time I think I'm doing enough I realize there is so much more to do. I especially wanted to say thank you to Nikole, Brian you guys have opened my eyes to some amazing things Thank you. Oh yeah, Kim, "Dude", you make it look so easy. You are just there to put it all together in a flash. That's amazing! I hope we all dive again soon.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Wow yesterday was a wonderful informative meeting. Dan and Ed have so much information to share and I sure we all learned from them. Adam Nardelli gave a wonderful presentation of distressed fish and corals and what to film or video and where to upload our data. Now we are looking for more beach divers to help document the changes on our local beaches, if you are interested or know others who are please contact Kim Porter [masked] . I want to thank everyone who participated yesterday in the Help Save Broward Reefs by working together we can make a difference. Here is a link to a group on Vimeo that you can upload your videos for this project.
    Some other helpful links:
    Palm Beach County Reef Rescue

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Kirk

    There are a lot of people that care about the reefs here in Broward county. I t was especially nice to see all those people came out in this weather. The speakers all gave us plenty of information on how we too can help the cause. It's a cool thing to be able to help the resource we love so much. Those guys were great to talk to, I think everybody was energized after that talking about networking our surveys and video.

    2 · November 30, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tell the gate you are here for the REEF meeting at the Garden Center for free admission.

    November 27, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    North of the Pompano Pier:

    November 17, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Here are a couple of videos:

    November 17, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tell them you are here for the REEF Meeting at the gate for free entrance to the park.

    1 · November 15, 2013

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