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Reef to mimic the `lost city' (weird Florida)
Miami Herald ^ | January 29. 2006 | Susan Cocking

Posted on 01/29/2006 6:06:47 PM PST by Sam Cree

Miami-Dade County may get its most unusual artificial reef ever with the re-creation of the lost city of Atlantis in the ocean 3 ¼ miles off Key Biscayne this spring.

Gary Levine's Atlantis Reef Project received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Miami-Dade's Department of Environmental Resources Management earlier this month to construct the sprawling network of cement and bronze statues in 50 feet of water. Levine says construction should begin in March, with the first phase ready to receive divers at the end of April. Levine said the reef will take three to five years to complete at a cost of between $3 million and $5 million.

''It will be five concentric circles, 900 feet in diameter, as big as three football fields,'' Levine said. ``You can see it from the air as a compass pointing due north. There will be 40 specific themed sculptures incorporating the elements you'd have in any city -- arts, government, the military, theater.''

While most of the structures will be made of concrete, utilizing up to 10,000 cubic yards of material, there will also be some bronze statues sculpted by Kim Brandell, who is famous for the stainless steel globe at Donald Trump's headquarters in New York.

Graphic illustrations are done by Joey Burns, who designed the interior of the Sultan of Brunei's private jet, Levine said.

Levine envisions Atlantis Reef as an attraction for divers; haven for fish, lobster and other marine creatures; coral nursery; underwater laboratory -- and memorial reef.

Since Miami-Dade County is not financing the project, Levine proposes to raise money through donors who pay to have their cremated remains incorporated into Atlantis' columns and balustrades.

''Instead of getting sprinkled in the ocean, you're inside a three-foot column,'' Levine said. ``You can be memorialized in this underwater city.''

At this point, he said, there are about a dozen people who have signed up for the underwater memorials.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: corpsofengineers; notbreaking
How they got the permits for this bizarre project, I have no idea. They plan to finance the thing by selling underwater gravesites on the reef, weirdly. Qualifies for the "Weird Florida" book, IMO.
1 posted on 01/29/2006 6:06:48 PM PST by Sam Cree
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To: Sam Cree

Interesting...but breaking?


2 posted on 01/29/2006 6:09:03 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: Sam Cree

Army Corp of Engineers destoyed the evergaldes,
is this there next great acomplishment?


3 posted on 01/29/2006 6:09:53 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

yea I know Glades


4 posted on 01/29/2006 6:10:21 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

drain bamage


5 posted on 01/29/2006 6:11:41 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

How does this equate to the everglades being it's 3 1/4 miles into the Atlantic?
How does this equate to the Army Corps of Engineers if all they did was approve a private undertaking?


6 posted on 01/29/2006 6:14:26 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Sam Cree
Absolutely nothing surprises me in a town/city where the locals warn you away from walking outdoors at 3:00 in the afternoon! I promise you we (hubby and I) were warned off walking in downtown Miami on a Sunday afternoon recently. In broad daylight. In front of God and everybody. As my husband is wont to say: "We're not ready for self-government."
7 posted on 01/29/2006 6:16:47 PM PST by BillaryBeGone
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To: t1b8zs
Drain Bamage.......I resemble that remark......but destroyed Glades you are correct.

I believe they disrupted the natural flow of the aquifer......
8 posted on 01/29/2006 6:17:11 PM PST by vavavah
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To: Sam Cree

Ok so they'll build it to look like Atlantis. Then some tragedy will befall mankind and we'll forget we built it. Then some underwater archaelogists will come along and decide Eureka I've found Atlantis.

Can't wait to hear the interpretations of the greek writings that explain how it wound up in FL.


9 posted on 01/29/2006 6:17:54 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: t1b8zs
Did the ACOE have their hands in those quality levies in La?
10 posted on 01/29/2006 6:22:34 PM PST by vavavah
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To: festus

What witht the actual remains of Atlantis being 45 miles away in Bimini;-) http://www.subversiveelement.com/BiminiRoad.html


11 posted on 01/29/2006 6:43:29 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - ("Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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To: Sam Cree

12 posted on 01/29/2006 6:44:08 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - ("Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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To: BillaryBeGone

I live and work in Miami. I don't think its quite that bad here but bad neighborhoods are never far away in any big city.


13 posted on 01/29/2006 6:47:46 PM PST by floridavoter2
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To: Sam Cree
How they got the permits for this bizarre project, I have no idea. They plan to finance the thing by selling underwater gravesites on the reef, weirdly. Qualifies for the "Weird Florida" book, IMO.

Whether they are made out of sunken ships, aircraft or concrete blocks, artificial reefs attract marine life which attracts recreational divers who spend dollars in the local economy.

Its no weirder than building a fake castle in Orlando and expecting tourists to come and spend money to see it.


14 posted on 01/29/2006 6:54:22 PM PST by Polybius
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To: Sam Cree
Bah, Atlantis is under the South Atlantic Ocean. Atlantis roughly surrounds Tristan de Cuhna. Atlantis is scientifically advanced, hiding most evidence of its existence, but it cannot hide The South Atlantic Anomaly.

(This is known to all people who know the Earth is hollow, with a hole at the North Pole from which Santa emerges every Christmas, but the governments, especially the Secret Mystic Heriditary Tibetan Monks who secretly manage the world (except Pittsburgh, which is unmanagable) hush it all up.)

15 posted on 01/29/2006 7:12:38 PM PST by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: Sam Cree

There is a boatload of new-agers who worship the myths of Atlantis. According to this bunch, crystals powered Atlantis and had great healing powers.


16 posted on 01/29/2006 7:22:29 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: vavavah

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Did the ACOE have their hands in those quality levies in La?
<<

They built to the spec the state gave them. Don't dis the COE; they do tremendous work.


17 posted on 01/29/2006 7:22:30 PM PST by noblejones (Ben Stein for President, 2008.)
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To: Polybius

Well, the artificial reef part is fairly straightforward. I've fished some myself, and contributed debris to a few as well. Also fished from time to time on wrecks, and even sunk airplanes. But the idea of getting permits to build a quasi Disney type attraction underwater, in public waters, in our "fragile and rare ecosystem" right in the middle of real reefs and healthy marine communities of fauna and flora is a little shocking in this day and age.

But the weird part is the ruins of Atlantis theme combined with the idea of selling gravesites in the attraction. AFAIK, you can't buy gravesites in Disney World, can you?

But having said all that, the thing sounds like fun, and should bring more customers to the local dive boats and other businesses patronized by those who will come to dive the thing. It's pretty much OK with me.


18 posted on 01/29/2006 7:39:29 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - ("Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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To: JohnCliftn

Makes sense.

19 posted on 01/29/2006 7:43:22 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - ("Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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To: Polybius

"Its no weirder than building a fake castle in Orlando and expecting tourists to come and spend money to see it."


Does this "Atlantis" have underwater rollercoster rides? (snicker snicker)


20 posted on 01/29/2006 8:28:47 PM PST by RedMonqey (People who don't who stand for something, will fall for anything.)
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To: RedMonqey
Its no weirder than building a fake castle in Orlando and expecting tourists to come and spend money to see it." ............... Does this "Atlantis" have underwater rollercoster rides? (snicker snicker)


21 posted on 01/30/2006 7:33:14 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Sam Cree

LOL. For being lost it sure shows up in a lot of places....


22 posted on 01/30/2006 4:28:14 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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