State of Florida wants offshore tire dump cleared

ERJ staff report (BC)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is seeking proposals from companies to retrieve thousands of tires dumped into the ocean off Fort Lauderdale in the 1970s, reports David Fleshler of the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

An estimated 700 000 tires are said to lie off the coast, thrown into the ocean by boaters and divers in a well-intentioned but ill-conceived plan to create an artificial reef to support coral growth and attract fish.

The scheme failed when few marine creatures made…

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