Martin County creating seven artificial reefs

STUART, FL (WFLX) - Seven new artificial reefs will begin being built in southern Martin County on Monday.

About 3,500 tons of concrete material will be deployed in the waters south of the St. Lucie Inlet.

Each patch reef will be made up of about 500 tons of material. Weather permitting, officials said, materials will be transported by barge from Phipps Park on the Okeechobee Waterway in Stuart.

Most of the concrete pieces were provided by local contractors and include large culverts, Florida Power & Light concrete poles and concrete slabs.

More than 90 artificial reefs have been created in the waters off Martin County.

In the past, artificial reefs have been constructed using old telephone poles that were being replaced, along with other materials that would normally take up space in landfills.

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