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Old 06-11-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Key West’s New Vandenberg Artificial Reef Set To Open Saturday

Key West’s New Vandenberg Artificial Reef Set To Open Saturday
June 01, 2009

Key West’s New Vandenberg Artificial Reef Set To Open Saturday | Travel Video News
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KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The new Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg artificial reef is scheduled to open to the public Saturday morning, project officials said Friday. The installation of mooring buoys was completed Thursday, according to Kent Edwards, Lower Keys regional manager of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

However, project divers are working Friday to secure the vessel’s two iconic tracking antenna dishes that were torn off their pedestals, but remained tethered to the ship by stabilizing cables, when the ship was scuttled Wednesday.

The 523-foot-long Vandenberg is situated about seven miles south of Key West. The bottom of the ship’s hull rests on sand in depths that average 150 feet. But the ship is so massive that the superstructure begins about 45 feet below the surface.
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