Tuesday, September 21, 2010

9/21 Report - North & South Hutchinson Island Salvage and Exploration Area Maps

Map Showing North Hutchinson Island From Fort Pierce Inlet North to Vero.

Before I get more into the maps, here is something from the Hard To Believe Department. A reporter who wanted to show how oil was buried on the beach was told by a Federal official that he could dig no more than six inches deep.

You'll want to see this video. Here is the link.


On a side note, did you notice how some of the oil was covered by the sand?

Back to the map - the south end begins at the Fort Pierce Inlet and the north ends near Turtle Trail. You can see the airport on the map to the west of US 1. That will help you get your bearings.

The circular areas show areas covered by recovery (salvage) permits, with the center of the wreck being presumably near the center of each circular area.

The more rectangular areas are covered by exploration permits.

On the above map, the two semi-circles labeled S23 would be the Sandy Point and Rio Mar wreck salvage areas.

One exploration area is on the south of those areas and goes down towards the Pepper Park area.

Pepper Park is an Underwater Archaeological Preserve so would also be protected.

As you can see, there is not much area that is not protected north of the Fort Pierce Inlet.

I know that it is not easy to see much detail on this map. If you want to get a clearer idea, get a good map and match it up with this image. You'll be able to get a good idea of where the boundaries of the areas are if you do that.

Map of Salvage and Exploration Areas Between the Fort Pierce Inlet and St. Lucie Inlet.

Here is the area from the Fort Pierce Inlet to the St. Lucie Inlet that I showed yesterday.

S26 would be the Nieves wreck site at Douglas Beach. The other two semi-circular areas would be the Power Plant wreck site and the Unknown wreck site.

There is some unprotected area down towards Jensen Beach and so

Forecast and Conditions.

Yesterday I showed some of the beaches. I doubt that much changed since then. The wind kept coming from the East.

Peak seas are over for a while and will be decreasing through the rest of the week.

A new tropical storm has formed and is named Lisa. She's too far away to consider now.

Happy hunting,