Friday, August 2, 2013

8/2/13 Report - Blog Poll Results, Pirate Ship Found & More

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Low Pressure Area.
National Hurricane Center
There is a low pressure area right off the coast that has a 30% chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

The prediction is for very little surf ( 1- 2 feet) for the next few days though, so don't expect much of any change in beach detecting conditions along the Treasure Coast.

Do you sell any of your coins?   If you do you might need to know about the following.

Correction:   Earlier today I posted about a tax provision in the Obama Care law requiring coin sales to be reported on 1099s.  That law was repealed.   

Thanks to Jeff K. for the correction and providing the following link about the repeal of that provision.

The most recent blog poll has concluded and the results are in.  There were 222 respondents.  That is a good number for a small personal hobby blog operated completely by one person with no commercial activities or professional promotion and very little promotion of any kind.  It is one of many blogs and webs sites on the topics of treasure hunting and metal detecting.

161 individuals, or 72.5% of those responding to the poll indicated that they had traveled more than 30 minutes to the Treasure Coast to metal detect. 

That means that the Treasure Coast draws a lot of people for metal detecting.  I know that many only know that Treasure Coast because of treasure hunting.   That is how I first became familiar with the Treasure Coast myself when I was living in another part of Florida.

83 people, or 37% of those responding, indicated that they traveled from out of state to metal detect on the Treasure Coast. 

Not only does treasure hunting bring people to the Treasure Coast from other parts of Florida, but many who travel to the Treasure Coast to metal detect come from other states.  Treasure hunting is a real tourist attraction for the Treasure Coast.

198 respondents, or about 89%, indicated that they've read articles or seen news reports about treasure hunting on the Treasure Coast.  

Treasure hunting and metal detecting brings a lot of attention to the Treasure Coast.   The media knows that and articles related to those activities are readily consumed by the public.

113, or about half of the respondents, said they've purchased or rented a residence or hotel room on the Treasure Coast in part because of treasure hunting or metal detecting.

Not only does treasure hunting bring people to the Treasure Coast, but when they come they spend money on hotels, meals, gas, etc.  Some eventually become full-time residents or buy winter homes here.  That is what I did, but it didn't stop there.  Other members of my family followed.

164 respondents, about 73%, said Treasure hunting or metal detecting on the Treasure Coast is an important activity for me.

For some treasure hunting is simply a nice way to spend some time, but for many it an "important" activity.

Others are make a living or add to their income by detecting.  49, roughly 22%, of the respondents to this poll, said they directly or indirectly derive some economic benefit from metal detecting or treasure hunting on the Treasure Coast through such things as boat dockage and service, diving equipment, diving as a job, metal detecting, operate a hotel, sell detectors, etc.

Of course there are more.  I didn't even mention those who work in or operate treasure museums, for example,  We have at least two very popular treasure museums on the Treasure Coast (the Mel Fisher and McClarty) that have been operatin for years, as well as other places that occasionally present treasure displays.  There are also a number of salvage leases along the Treasure Coast that provide a large number of archaeological items to the State of Florida collections for academic study and museum displays.

In summary, the results of this poll indicates that the people of Florida and the Treasure Coast derive much pleasure and gain from the activities of treasure hunting and metal detecting.  Those fact need to be recognized by both the public and officials of the State of Florida.  Not only is it a hobby, which provides much education and enjoyment, but it also brings tourists and residents to the area and provides economic benefit for many on the Treasure Coast.

Thanks to all of those professionals and hobbyist who thought it was important to provide this information and responded to the poll.

This blog did not attempt to address all of the benefits of metal detecting.  If you've read some of the posts, you know that detectorists have helped law enforcement agencies find evidence, returned valuable and sentimental lost personal items, and returned thousands of coins to circulation, to name just a few.

On another topic, Dan B. said, I was having problems with a Garrett detector that I had bought almost a year earlier. I was returning it for repair and mentioned my dissatisfaction with the product. They (Garrett) offered me a more appropriate option and gave me 40% off with the trade-in of my old device. I am very satisfied and enjoying my new detector.

I just got news of a recent discovery of a pirate ship on the West Coast of Florida.  Cape Coral is hoping that the discovery will bring a tourism boom to the area.  That shows once again the importance of old shipwrecks and treasure to an areas enconomy.

I'll have more on the pirate ship tomorrow.

Happy hunting,