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.