|As part of a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission construction grant, (FWC Grant #03048 for $52,500) and with additional funding from Martin County, a 5 component patch reef utilizing donated concrete railroad ties was constructed in June of 2004. The materials deployed were donated by the Florida East Coast Railroad Company. Each railroad tie is approximately 11’ x 14” x 10” and weighs approximately 600 – 700 lbs. each. On the East Coast of Florida similar successful artificial reefs have been built in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties.
The 5 peaks railroad tie patch reef was built on June 2, 28, & 29, 2004 utilizing a full barge load of concrete railroad ties for each deployment. Approximately 1540 railroad ties (500 tons) were placed from an anchored barge for each of the three deployments. There are five patches or “peaks” on the reef; each separated by a natural sand/shell seafloor. Distances vary between the peaks and are an average of 116 feet from centers of each cluster. Color-coded tie wraps have been added to each of the patch areas to aid future monitoring efforts.