Our primary initial goal is to place our first artificial reef in the Summer of 2015.
The first project will be six clusters of our 6 x 8 x 8 foot tall REEF CELL modules placed just south of the Zion Train wreck off Jupiter. This is the first deployment for this type of module – we are breaking new ground. The modules in the clusters will be approximately 20 feet apart and the clusters will be approximately 75 feet apart. The complex of modules will be 600 feet long and 100 feet wide. The new reef will be named “The Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation Reef”. The new reef modules will look like beautiful Bahamian coral heads. This project will raise community awareness of our reef building mission and will serve as a beacon for future fundraising to build additional reefs.
Once the first project is placed many more will follow. We are already working on a 100 REEF CELL project for the summer of 2016 in partnership with Palm Beach County and the the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Our vision is for Andrew’s foundation to become a vehicle for boaters, divers, environmentalists, owners of businesses that benefit from tourism and everyone who loves and benefits from the South Florida marine lifestyle to participate in artificial reef construction in northern Palm Beach County.
We will partner with important northern Palm Beach County institutions as we grow, including the Town of Jupiter through their Eco Tourism initiative and Jupiter Community High School’s Environmental Program. As we continue to expand we will partner with the marine science programs at our local universities including the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Tech, the University of Florida and Florida State University and other artificial reef programs.
We will provide great new fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling habitat by improving the health, vibrancy and sustainability of our local ocean waters.
It has been proven time and again that well designed and deployed environmental stewardship can restore a depleted marine habitat. Public funds are limited so we all need to consider what we are passionate about, realize that our wonderful Northern Palm Beach County marine habitat is in decline and get involved to turn it around. It took a tragedy to provide the catalyst for the community to take action. Now is the time to follow through.
Our goal for the long term is to create a sustainable community resource for funding artificial reef construction and marine habitat restoration in northern Palm Beach County.
We see great community involvement in our unique foundation that directly and “concretely” impacts the quality of life of our volunteers, participants and the general public. And our efforts will help preserve the marine habitat so important to our planet.
Andrew’s foundation is different from many charities in that the participants, donors and volunteers will benefit directly from their work and contributions. And they can get involved and touch the work the foundation does.
We will honor Andrew, help insure wild, healthy oceans in northern Palm Beach County and gain the broad economic benefits healthy oceans provide for our area’s citizens.
It is a recipe for creating a durable charitable foundation that will benefit our children and grandchildren for decades.
Come join us!