It is a boon for snorkelers and marine life as a new artificial reef is being constructed just off the beach at Singer Island, Florida. Construction of the reef just north of the 2700 North Ocean Condominium began last month and is due to be completed by the end of June. The limestone boulders are being placed in 6 to 12 feet of water and are visible from the beach in the turquoise ocean water. This ocean habitat mitigation project is already seeing results as squid, mangrove snapper and other fish have stared congregating around the boulders. The reef is being constructed in phases with the T-shaped 1st phase estimated at $1.3 million consisting of 9,700 tons of limestone being spread over 11.5 acres of ocean bottom. Later this summer, the county plans to expand the artificial reef project to cover a total of about 15 acres.
Later phases of the shallow artificial reef will cover impacts from the $30 million breakwater project due to begin later this summer at the north end of Singer Island. This project consists of 11 structures made of limestone and granite that will rise 1 to 3 feet above the surface in about 12 feet of water. The mile long breakwater, stretching from just north of Ocean Reef Park to the south end of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, will help repleneous the north end beaches of Singer Island and protect them from future erosion.
For more information on this project or other activiteis on Singer Island, contact Jeannie at 561-889-6734 or email her at [email protected].