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SE Florida beach dive cleanup
VicFLA - 6/06/2007 12:00 AM
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Ocean Watch Foundation`s 19th Annual Reef Sweep & Beach Cleanup

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2007 from 9 AM -12 Noon. Later that day, participants will celebrate their hard work at the Reef Sweep party. REEF SWEEP PARTY is from 2P-5P at RJ GATORS, 1901 Cordova Rd, Harbor Shops, Ft. Lauderdale. $5 adults, kids 12 and under $3. Raffle, entertainment, door prizes, lots of fun! Community service hours available for all volunteers. No pre-registration needed. Rain or shine just show up and help cleanup our precious beaches and reefs. Great for all ages.

BEACH CLEANUP SITES Deerfield Beach at the Tiki Hut across from the Fire Station * Pompano Beach at NE 8th St * Pompano Beach at the Pier * Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at the Pier * Fort Lauderdale at Birch State Park * John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Dania * North Beach Park at Sheridan St, Hollywood * Hollywood Beach at the Bandshell

Beach Walkers: Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided at each site. Bring your own heavier work/garden gloves, if you prefer.

SHORE DIVING & SNORKELING Pompano Beach Fishing Pier & Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier

PRIVATE BOAT DROP-OFF LOCATION Fletcher Park in Lighthouse Point

PIER DIVER INSTRUCTIONS- Divers need to be certified and have their C-cards with them when checking in at dive sites. Fill out the waiver form and most importantly sign back in when you finish your dive. We may ask you to leave your c-card to be given back to you upon your return to insure your safety and to help our volunteers keep track of all divers responsibly. Divers please bring cutting tools (no knives) such as sea snips, heavy scissors, sheers, wire cutters, utility cutters to cut the thick bundles of monofilament you will encounter. Safety is our top priority so please be careful. Check-in for divers at Pompano Pier and Deerfield Pier 8A -9A Dive 9A-11:30A. All divers must be checked back in no later than 12 Noon so head back to shore with enough time. Fisherman will resume fishing at noon.

Dive flags - We need some flags but not too many. We suggest some divers take their personal flags and tie them to various pilings. Then if you want to venture off the pier later you are prepared.

Logistics - You may drop off your gear at the piers and then find parking. At the Deerfield Pier you will be directed to the free parking near the Fire Station. Pompano Pier divers please plan to pay the regular $3.00 fee to park directly across from the Pier or park free at Oceanside Parking lot on Riverside Dr north of Atlantic. Parking passes will be issued.

CHARTER BOAT DIVING - MORNING DIVE - DAY OF EVENT ONLY Make your own reservations with your choice of the following boats. Identify yourself as an Ocean Watch Reef Sweep diver and your trash will be included in the totals of the event. The cost of your dive is not subsidized this year.

Leaving from North Broward - LADY GO DIVER - Located at the Cove, Hillsboro Blvd just before Intracoastal.- Call Dixie Divers 954-420-0009.

Leaving from Pompano - AQUAVIEW - Located at Sands Harbor Marina, Atlantic Blvd just over the Intracoastal - Call South Florida Diving 954-783-2299

Leaving from Central Broward - AMERICAN DREAM - Located off the 17th St Causeway at Pier 66 marina just over Intracoastal - Call 954-577-0338

Ocean Watch Foundation, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit, grassroots, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of local coral reef ecosystems in Southeast Florida. For more information visit