Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vandenberg Arrives in Key West

photos © Andy Newman

Having been involved in large artificial reef projects in my home town of Key Largo before, the Bibb and Duane in 1987 and the Spiegel Grove in 2002, I had a sense of what our friends in Key West were going through to acquire and finance the cleaning and sinking of this 520-foot behemoth.

It turned out to be an $8 million project with many false starts and tribulations, but now it is actually docked in Key West being prepped for the sinking. To get to this point is a massive triumph of persistence and hard work over the many obstacles that have plagued the process. To the City of Key West and my friends in the local dive community, I say CONGRATULATIONS!!

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