"What is an environmentally beneficial way to recyclethis massive glut of vessels that are beginning to accumulate? We are going tobe involved in establishing a new process that will take something that islooked upon as a liability and transform it into a wonderful asset for thecommunity of Key West. We look forward to the day that we can look on theinternet and watch the fish swim by."
- Jeff Dey, President.
Resource Control Corporation
"Properinstallation of an artificial reef could not only enhance our fragile and vitalunderwater environment and encourage tourism, but also provide a valuableresource for both education and research within our community."
BobSmith, Program Director, Diving Technology
Florida Keys Community College
"TheAttractions Association Strongly supports the efforts of your organization tocreate an Artificial reef in the waters off Key West. The sinking of the (ship)southwest of Western Sambo will be an event which will bring positive attentionto our community. We congratulate you on the thorough work you are doing to makethis project beneficial to the environment, the educational community and thebusiness community."
"Weat Save-A-Turtle would like to commend you for your efforts to place theship...offshore Key West, to serve as an Artificial Reef that will add NEWHabitat, for the marine animals in our area...we support ARK and the efforts toprovide that, with the addition of shipwrecks as a way to reduce stress on ourarea reefs and provide a new thriving area of marine life."
Key West Harbor Pilots "Wedo believe this project will be an asset to the dive and recreational fishingindustry as well as the general public...We congratulate all those involved inthis worthy project and will be glad to support it in any way that wecan." -Captain Robert W. Johnson
" Iam writing this letter to express the support of the Florida Keys NationalMarine Sanctuary (FKNMS) for the placement of a shipwreck as an artificial reefbetween the Western Sambos Ecological Reserve and Sand Key... I applaud yourinitiative to build partnerships in the community."
-Billy D. Causey, Superintendent
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
"Please be advised that the Board of Directors of Key West Hotel and MotelAssociation at its regular meeting of March 1, 2000 voted to support yourefforts to complete this project."
-Jack Smith, MSA
Executive Vice President.
"The Key West Innkeepers Association supports your organization in the effort tocreate an artificial reef in Key West by sinking the ship...By working with theMarine Sanctuary and the Community College you have developed a project whichwill benefit the whole community including the interests of business, educationand the environment.
-John W. Marburg
President, Board of Directors.
"Thesinking of the ship...is a project which will benefit the whole communityincluding business and environmental interests...The Key West Chamber ofCommerce commends the thorough and careful planning you are giving to thisundertaking for the future of our environment."
-Virginia A. Panico
Executive Vice President.
We would like to thank 'Seaweed's Ships Histories' forproviding us with photographs (such as the black and white photograph on ourhomepage) of the General Hoyt Vandenberg.
"Thisletter represents an expression of interest in...the use of the vessel 'GeneralHoyt Vandenburg' as as artificial reef. This is a project which is being promotedby the diving community under the leadership of a local grass roots non profitorganization called Artificial Reefs of the Keys, Ltd."
-Jon Dodrill, Environmental Administrator
Office of Fisheries Management And Assistance Services.
"Be advised that the vessel (General Hoyt S. Vandenberg) has been set asidefor the Artificial Fish Reef Program and specifically for the Artificial Reefsof the Keys due to their active interest."
-Andres Hark, Vessel Custody Analyst.
"We...support your organizations efforts to sink the Vandenberg in the watersof Key West as an artificial reef for diving and fish habitat. We admire yourorganizations thoroughness in involving many other groups in this project thatis supportive of the environmental, business and educational
communities in Key West."
-Kent Henry, President.
"The city has developed both reef balls and pyramids and there has been asignificant increase in both the size and quantity of fish...I think artificialreefs are extremely worthwhile and the City will continue its program eachyear."
" The FKWDA fully supports Artificial Reefs of the Keys, and the current Vandenberg wreck project. we encourage community support ...This project provides a multitude of invaluable opportunities for the recreational dive community in regards to promoting potential increased tourism, educational research & monitoring programs and much more.
-Captain Sheri L. Sullenger, Co-Director.
"Such a reef will increase habitat for reef fishes and provide arecreational opportunity for divers."
-DeeVon Quirolo, Executive Director.
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