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Tug becoming artificial reef

By the end of next week, the 'PEnobscot' will be sunk and become a home for fish such as grouper, snapper, hogfish, amberjack and lobsters- On Aug 15, 2018, officials with Martin County-based MCAC Reef Fund announced the artificial reef construction foundation had taken possession of the tug which was presently docked at the Port of Fort Pierce

Tug becoming artificial reef
17 August 2018 - 13:35
By the end of next week, the 'PEnobscot' will be sunk and become a home for fish such as grouper, snapper, hogfish, amberjack and lobsters- On Aug 15, 2018, officials with Martin County-based MCAC Reef Fund announced the artificial reef construction foundation had taken possession of the tug which was presently docked at the Port of Fort Pierce. The vessel will become an artificial reef offshore of Martin County as Brause Girls Reef. It has been named after the three granddaughters of Stuart and Roseville, Minn. residents Ted and Lynne Glasrud. Madison, Allison and Jessica Brause reside in Colorado with the Glasrud's daughter and son-in-law. Ted Glasrud is the president and chief operating officer of Ted Glasrud Associates, a commercial and industrial real estate development and property management firm. This will be the third project which the Glasrud family has been benefactor. Glasrud partnered with MCAC Reef construction projects to sink the Hailey Glasrud Reef in 2014 and the Ted Glasrud Reef in 2010. The tug was brought to the Port of Fort Pierce from Port Canaveral in May by McCulley Marine Services of Fort Pierce. It was originally in the hands of the Sea-Life Habitat Improvement Project, Inc., a St. Lucie County-based not-for-profit artificial reef construction foundation. At the time SHIP's executive director April Price announced it would be named the Kerry Dillon Reef in honor of longtime artificial reef consultant and commercial diver Kerry Dillon who passed away at his home in June 2017. He was 58. Dillon was also a board member of both artificial reef foundations. The Port of Fort Pierce has been in a revitalization mode and our terms at the port were about to expire. The funds needed to finish the project could not be secured in time. SHIP, Coastal Conservation Association Florida, Building Conservation Trust and our supporters are grateful that Martin County can accept this vessel as a reef and that MCAC Reef Fund has a donor who is willing complete the project. a plaque honoring the Dillon will be mounted on the lower bridge of the vessel. Weather permitting, the vessel is scheduled to be deployed Aug. 24 in approximately 180 feet of water at the Sirotkin Reef Permit site about 10 miles northeast of St. Lucie Inlet, or 20 miles southeast of Fort Pierce Inlet, off the coast of Martin County. tHE MCAC Reef Fund has been working with the Dillon family to ensure that Kerry Dillon is still honored. The foundation has assisted Martin County with the deployment of a concrete rubble reef in shallower water to make it more accessible to recreational divers, as Dillon would have fully supported. When the deployment of both the concrete rubble reef and the Brause Girls Reef are completed, the exact coordinates will be published by Martin County's Artificial Reef Program. Since the early 1970s, there have been dozens of artificial reef projects deployed in Martin County offshore waters. Since acquiring the tug from Port Canaveral, where it became a derelict vessel following Hurricane Matthew in 2016, SHIP and MCAC Reef have been working with CRB Geological & Environmental Services, Inc., and Artificial Reefs International, Inc. The contractors are best known for artificial reef deployments such as the U.S.S. Vandenberg Reef off Key West and the U.S.Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk off Lee County. They have been cleaning the vessel, removing windows, hatches, portholes, holding tanks, wiring and anything containing oil or diesel fuel according to permit requirements by the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and other government agencies. Only after all final inspections are approved can the tug be towed to sea where it will be sent to its final resting place. The vessel NOW WAS nearly ready for deployment and, weather permitting, she will be sunk on Aug. 24: The public can view the sinking from their own boats or by calling the 2Safari I2 party boat moored at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Port Salerno. Later this year, or possibly next year, the 2Voici Bernadette2, a 180-foot long cargo ship project being managed by St. Lucie County, is expected to be deployed in waters offshore of St. Lucie County. Report with photo: https://eu.tcpalm.com/story/sports/2018/08/16/tug-changed-ownership-recently-but-soon-become-fish-habitat/1006357002/
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