Artificial reef off Riviera Beach grows by 55 ‘homes’ for fish, coral


The structures sit in 40 feet of water near the Lake Worth Inlet near the north end of Florida’s reef system, offering habitat to fish and coral.

Larry Keller
 |  Special to The Palm Beach Post

RIVIERA BEACH — Future new homes are on the horizon near Riviera Beach. Well, not the horizon, but below the water. And if this artificial reef is successful, it will become home to fish and other marine life.

As with building a subdivision, it took the combined efforts of many people and agencies – a nonprofit, academics, an artist, a barge operator and county, state and federal agencies, among others, to complete the work.

The combined effort was 55 artificial reef modules being placed on a barge and deployed recently. It was no small feat.

Most of the modules weighed 1,700 to 3,500 pounds, said Stacy Brown, chief financial officer and director of education

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“I’ve got eight horses at the house,” he tells me, “and two of them on any given day will buck you off if they feel like it." - Image by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.

Photo by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.

“I’ve got eight horses at the house,” he tells me, “and two of them on any given day will buck you off if they feel like it.”

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To the right of the gate, tucked under a grove of trees, stand the offices of San Diego City Lakes, a division of the city’s water department. Offices may be too strong a word for the collection of temporary trailer buildings where I meet Jim Brown, (then) San Diego City Lakes program director. “Why don’t you follow me up to the lake,” says Brown, a

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