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Topic Title: Artificial Reefs 4 Years Later Affect On Our Surf Breaks
Topic Summary: What are your thoughts?
Created On: 09/23/2021 01:55 PM
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 09/23/2021 01:55 PM
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IHBRyan

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Hi guys, I've had people asking me about the affect the artificial reefs installed roughly 1,000 ft offshore has had on our surf breaks. It's been nearly 3-4 years now. My opinion and other surfers I've talked to is it really hasn't did anything. But I don't surf all these spots so just curious on opinions. Thanks in advance.

Edited: 09/23/2021 at 01:56 PM by IHBRyan
 09/23/2021 03:55 PM
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JOESTRUMMER

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Building a Reef ? ---------- More like building a Grief !
 09/23/2021 04:27 PM
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RocketSurf

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My Brother's idea....every 5 miles down the coast are piles of hollow reef friendly 20 lb orbs piled on the beach that can be carried on a surfboard.
Its up to the surfing community to slowly paddle out each one of those orbs to pre-marked spots. Low cost, free labor.....

Hell, I could see 2ndlight surfers planning an Orb-paddle-day at the beach when it is flat......
 09/23/2021 04:44 PM
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RocketSurf

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But to comment....1000ft is pretty far out for a surf break in Fla, except on good days. I would think the reefs are providing refuge for some wildlife but not much surf. Lets also not confuse this with the Brevard Count Mid-Reach Shore Protection Project....dumping dredged sand on perfectly good coquina reef is definitely not good.
 09/23/2021 05:28 PM
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pompano

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Reefs, can't say they have impacted the surf. The < 10% potential reef coverage by sand, yeah, that along with the additional accretion has been detrimental. Indialantic BW sandbars have sucked for months. Doesn't look like our local govt. buddies have any updates either.
 09/23/2021 05:34 PM
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puinsai

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I don't think it made any difference at least affecting the surf in a negative way
 09/24/2021 07:03 AM
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stokedpanda

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yea I think that was an attempted "feel good" move after covering up tons of natural reefs to save some ocean front propetay. Idk why FL cant get some metal or rock groins like NC, and the northeast would do a lot more for potential waves and erosion.

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 09/24/2021 07:11 AM
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seaspray

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Unpopular opinion, but I like how it is now relative to the last couple of years. Getting better maybe? Or just temporary
 09/24/2021 03:24 PM
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LBLarry

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This "reef" was never designed for, or intended to be, a "surf break producing/enhancing reef" It a half ass mitigation effort for the loss of near shore "Worm Rock" reef, that was buried during the equally BS dredge&fill of the Mid Reach area.

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Edited: 09/25/2021 at 05:41 AM by LBLarry
 09/28/2021 06:03 AM
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Central Floridave

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And, the Mid-Reach Dredge & Fill has covered most of those rocks up in Satellite Beach unfortunately.
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