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Artificial Reef Support From MMPS Environmental, Inc

St. Lucie County

MMPS Environmental, Inc. is partnering with St. Lucie County to raise funds to deploy the 180-foot vessel, the Voici Bernadette, to become a future artificial reef program off the county’s coast.  

MMS Environmental, a local non-profit, will be hosting a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, July 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Wes’ Backyard BBQ, located at 1430 16th St., Vero Beach. Proceeds will go toward the sinking of the Voici Bernadette. For details call 772-925-0223.

Other fundraising opportunities include purchasing a personalized plaque to be placed on the ship to memorialize a friend or loved one. These plaques range in cost from $100-$500 and can be considered a tax deductible donation. For details contact Katrina Collins at Katrina_MMPS@comcast.net; Kathy Green at Littlegreen@yahoo.com or Christa Stone at stonestyle74@gmail.com or visit: https://www.mmpsenvironmental.com/.

Built in 1965 by Flensburg Shipbuilding Company in Germany, the Voici Bernadette was used as a general cargo ship. However, the 180-foot vessel was seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency in Miami earlier this year because it was used in smuggling operations. In early June, Customs donated the ship to St. Lucie County to be deployed as an artificial reef. The vessel can be seen temporarily stored at the Summerland Dock behind the St. Lucie County Regional History Center just north of the South Causeway Bridge.  

For more information about St. Lucie County’s artificial reef program, volunteering or donating to help improve St. Lucie County’s coastal resources, or for more information on the Voici Bernadette, contact St. Lucie County Coastal Resources Supervisor Jim Oppenborn at 772-462-1713 or oppenbornj@stlucieco.org.

For a detailed list of the all of the county’s artificial reefs including GPS coordinates for fishing and diving, as well as videos of past projects, visit: www.stlucieco.gov/reefs.

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