Replica of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse to become artificial reef off Jupiter coast

Replica of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse to become artificial reef off Jupiter coast

JUPITER, Fla. – Divers will soon have a new attraction they can look forward to visiting.

Tuesday, the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation and the Town of Jupiter will deploy a replica of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. It will be part of the foundation’s existing reef off the Jupiter coast.

Marc Collett with Viewcrete designed the sculpture. It is built of pure concrete and is 18 feet tall.  Collett says after weeks of hard work, he is most excited for the enjoyment the lighthouse will bring people. “Hopefully they get a good reaction, a smile on their face,” Collett said. “Life and fish is what I’m hoping for.”

Scott Harris was the mastermind behind the project; he and his family’s foundation have built close to 300 artificial reef modules in memory of their son Andrew. Andrew died during a boating accident in 2014 and ever since they’ve dedicated themselves to honoring his memory.

“He was all about the ocean, fishing, diving and the habitat,” Harris said. “He would be enthusiastic about it, if he was still with us he would be rallying his generation to get involved.”

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Shawn McCall Video Comparing Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation’s First Reef One Year Later!

Shawn McCall Video Comparing Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation’s First Reef One Year Later!

Andrew “Red” Harris Lagoon Modules by Shawn McCall

One Year Later at the Blue Heron Bridge. On November 17th 2016, 15 lagoon coral head modules were placed on the snorkel trail at Phil Foster park under the Blue Heron Bridge by the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation. We got the chance to check out the modules one day after deployment on November 18th, 2016 on a particularly clear day. One year later, marine life have taken over the modules. There is so much life on them from the very bottom, all the way to the top. After a very murky fall due to all the storms and run-off, we finally got a clear enough day to get a little video to compare what the modules look like one year later! Please check out the Anrew Harris Foundation for more information about this and many more artificial reef projects they have been working on. If you have experience with artificial reefs, let me know in the comments below, and of course if you are new to the channel, subscribe for weekly content on marine life and nature from Florida and beyond!

Video: Shawn McCall – Shawn’s YouTube Channel