Bridge 2.0

Flagler bridge

The Goliath groupers, apparently, love the old Flagler Memorial Bridge.

While the new four-lane bridge is inching toward completion (not nearly quickly enough, we note in a grumbling sort of tone), work crews render the old concrete span into pieces. Barges haul the slabs out to a 35-foot depth and dump them into the Atlantic, forming an artificial reef. The first section is in place, and the fish are already starting to find it.

If someone hasn’t already named it Bridge Reef, they should.

Artificial reefs like this provide fresh habitats for marine life. The Sun-Sentinel reports that by the end of the bridge demolition, more than 22,000 tons of material will create near-shore reef environments from Jupiter to Boca Raton. These structures create more habitats for young fish to grow and mature before they head out into deeper waters.

The 30-foot lengths are stacked atop one another, which creates the kinds of nooks and crannies fish love. The rough surfaces encourage the buildup of algae, sea fans, sponges and coral. Project managers expect to see not only schools of bait fish, but snapper, angelfish, and nurse sharks.

What a nice encore for the 75-year-old bridge. Bravo!


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Showboating

Boat show

The Palm Beach International Boat Show gives you a choice: You can chill, wander and browse the big boats, or you can really jump in and make it a long weekend of adventure and experiences.

The 32nd annual event, along the Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach, begins Thursday, March 23, and stays through the weekend. (Our insider secret? In the days leading up to the show, camp out at the North Bridge for a little bit. Last year, we saw a breathtaking parade of show boats, not a one under 120 feet, all in a magnificent row.)

Here’s what’s on offer:

IGFA School of Sportfishing Seminars

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is hosting 14 seminars, free with show admission, featuring instruction by South Florida captains and anglers. For more information, please visit the IGFA website.

Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future

Interactive instruction in selecting tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, reeling in a fish and fishing ethics. Upon completion of all learning stations, participants are eligible to win special prizes. Clinics are free with show admission and take place in the Meyer Amphitheater Field at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

CruiserPort

Presented by PassageMaker magazine, CruiserPort offers free boating seminars taught by industry professionals. It’s the direct portal into the cruising lifestyle! For more information, visit PassageMaker.com.

AquaZone

The AquaZone’s 60-foot by 30-foot, 40,000-gallon demonstration pool (atthe Meyer Amphitheater area) will be home to in-water demos and hands-on testing. Expect to see live paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, Hobie kayaks, hovercrafts, life rafts, Lehr propane outboards, the Evinrude G-2 outboard, a WaveJet self-propelled SUP, and VersaDock modular docking systems.

Hands-On Boat Handling Classes

Basic and advanced docking skills, open water boat handling, anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques, and more. Space is limited; advanced registration recommended. Visit the show website for the full schedule of classes.

2017 Show Schedule: Thursday, March 23: Noon-7 p.m.; Friday, March 24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


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Sant-Ahoy! In Palm Beach, Christmas Floats

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In Palm Beach, we do parades differently. Up north, Santa rides down Main Street on the back of a firetruck. Here, he has a yacht.

4fbac1ae9814b22f440e824a6b165325_mLed by a floating fireworks display, the 22nd Annual Palm Beach Boat Parade gets underway about 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. It takes about 2 hours to make its way up the Intracoastal from North Palm Beach to Jupiter.

View from your boat (if you have one), your back yard (if you live on the water) or from North Palm Beach Country Club, Juno Park, Waterway Café, Seasons 52, Riverwalk or Harbourside Place. And remember that the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves collects Toys for Tots during the event and at donation sites all around the county.

But wait, there’s more!

  • 45th Annual Boynton Beach/Delray Beach Boat Parade (Friday, Dec. 9): The flotilla heads south from the Lantana Bridge. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Boynton Harbor Marina and the flotilla will launch at 6:30.
  • Lake Osborne Boat Parade (Friday, Dec. 16): This sweet parade circles Lake Osborn, located in central West Palm Beach, leaving from the Lakeside Anchor Inn at 7:30 p.m.
  • 39th Annual Boca Raton Boat Parade (Saturday, Dec. 17): Best viewed from Red Reef Park and Silver Palm Park, this parade launches at 6:30 at the C-15 Canal and travels south to the Hillsboro Bridge.

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It’s a Boat. It’s a Plane. It’s… What Is It, Exactly?

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Look across the Intracoastal. The boats are here, hundreds of them, for the 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show.

There’ll be superyachts, fishing boats, ski boats, kayaks and inflatable rafts. But the boat we’re most excited to see isn’t really a boat at all. Its inventors, in fact, call it a “twisted union of a marine mammal and a high-performance fighter jet.”

006-seabreacher-jumpcropIt’s the Seabreacher. It dives, swivels and soars from under the water like a breaching Orca (thus the name). It can do barrel rolls, and reach speeds of 25 mph underwater and 50+ on the surface. You can have it styled to look like a dolphin, a shark, or a whale, customized to your exact specifications, starting at $85,000.

Visit the boat show and take a selfie with the Seabreacher, which will be on display at the AquaZone at Meyer Amphitheater. The show schedule: Thursday, March 17: Noon to 7 p.m.; Friday, March 18: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 19: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for children 6-15. Visit ShowManagement.com for more information.


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