The County received a $60,000 grant from FWC for expanding artificial reef structures at Bendickson artificial reef. Bendickson artificial reef is about 18 miles off the coast of Hernando Beach and consists of ten decommissioned M60 Tanks circling an area of approximately 11 acres. Depths reach about 26 feet.
The project description document states, "The objective of this activity is to construct a marine artificial reef by deploying at least 500 tons of clean concrete culverts, concrete junction boxes, concrete slabs, concrete poles, or other suitable secondary use concrete materials in five patch reefs within the Bendickson Artificial Reef permitted area. Each of the patch reefs will consist of artificial reef materials placed as a single pile (approximately 100 tons each) placed at designated locations within the boundaries of the permitted area."
The idea is to gradually link the existing reef structures.
Originally, the contract called for a minimum of 5 patch reefs. The amendment to the contract approved on July 26th, 2016 brought the minimum down to 2 patch reefs. It also extended the completion date from August 31, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
The amendment does not alter the tonnage of material that will be used.