Site 5 a popular site because it on the way to the other sites and it's closer to shore, only out about 5.4 nm. The site is apporximately 5.4 nm from the Bell Buoy at a heading of 070°, with an average depth of about 65 ft. Visibility may be only 10 feet near low tide because of the proximity to Ponce Inlet; visibility often imporves in the summer before and after cold water upwelling or later in the fall after the hurricanes have passed. Grouper, sea bass, flounder, mangrove snapper, and a variety of colorful soft corals (and many boats) are usually on the site.
1990 - Site 5 Concrete/steel From the Old Port Orange Bridge (V05-90C5)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.180', -080°48.320'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119667°, -080.805333°
Deposits at this site were started in 1990 with clean material from the old Port Orange bridge.
1997 - Site 5 NSB Bridge Concrete (V05-97SW5)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.140', -080°48.350'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119000°, -080.805833°
In 1997, concrete railings from the old New Smyrna Beach bridge were deposited near the center of the site.
2002 - Site 5 NNW Port Orange Bridge Fenders (V05-02NNW5)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.270', -080°48.360'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.121167°, -080.806000°
2002 - Site 5 NE Port Orange Bridge Fenders (V05-02NE5)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.251', -080°48.253'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.120850°, -080.804217°
2002 - Site 5 ENE Port Orange Bridge Fenders (V0502ENE5)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.198', -080°48.223'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119967°, -080.803717°
In 2002, three barge loads of bridge fenders from the Port Orange bridge were deposited near the center of the site.
2011- Site 5 NW Culverts (V05-11NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.489', -080°48.657'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.124817°, -080.810950°
2011- Site 5 NE Culverts (V05-11NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.443', -080°48.102'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.124050°, -080.801700°
In late June 2011, two barge loads of clean culverts were deposited in the northwest and northeast parts of the site. At both locations, the culverts are in two lines approximately 7 feet high and 80 feet long.
2011 - Site 5 SE Culverts (V05-11SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.919', -080°48.029'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.115317°, -080.800483°
2011 - Site 5 SW Culverts (V05-11SW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.894', -080°48.634'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.114900°, -080.810567°
In early July 2011, two barge loads of clean culverts were deposited in the southeast and southwest parts of the site. At both locations the culverts are in two lines approximately 9 feet high and 80 feet long.
2012 - Site 5 W Culverts (V05-12W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.188', -080°48.635'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119800°, -080.810583°
On August 7, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and clean concrete material was deposited in the western part of the site. The material is in two lines approximately 6 feet high and 80 feet long.
2012 - Site 5 East Culverts (V05-12E3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.168', -080°48.030'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119467°, -080.800500°
On August 24, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was deposited in the eastern part of the site. The material is in two lines approximately 5 feet high and 80 feet long.
2013 - Site 5 North Deposit (V05-13N3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.475', -080°48.308'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.124583°, -080.805133°
On July 12, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and material was deposited in the northern part of the site. The material is approximately 16 feet high.
2013 - Site 5 South Deposit (V05-13S3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.884', -080°48.311'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.114733°, -080.805183°
On July 22, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete railroad ties was deposited in the southern part of the site. The material is approximately 9 feet high.
2014 - Site 5 WNW Deposit (V05-14NWN3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.360', -080°48.555'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.122667°, -080.809250°
On September 29, 2014, a barge load of 461 tons of clean concrete culverts, structures and utility poles were deposited in the WNW part of the site. The material is approximately 12 feet high and the depth is approximately 65 feet.
Site 6 has a variety of structures, making it an interesting dive and fishing site. Site 6 is 9.5 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 100°, putting it about 8.4 nm offshore. Average depth at the site is 60 ft.
1990/1995 - Site 6 Center Culverts (V06-90W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°03.040', -080°43.360'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.050667°, -080.722667°
Concrete culverts were first placed on the center of the site in 1990 and 1995. The depth is approximately 60 feet.
1994 - Site 6 NE Culverts and Poles (V06-94NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°03.230', -080°43.160'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.053833°, -080.719333°
Additional culverts were added to the northeast corner of the site in 1994. Some the piles are 10 feet high. This site often has schools of mangrove snapper and sheepshead. Whale sharks and large ocean sun fish have also been seen near Site 6. The center culverts are a good location for photographing colorful invertebrates.
2010 - Site 6 SSE Culverts (V06-10SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°02.866', -080°43.175'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.047767°, -080.719583°
In July 2010, 470 tons of large clean concrete culverts and concrete forms were placed in the south-southeast part of the site. The depth of the deposit is 71 ft. and the height is 11 ft.
2011 - Site 6 SW Culverts (V06-11SW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°02.765', -080°43.435'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.046083°, -080.723917°
In July 2011, a barge load of large clean concrete culverts and concrete forms was placed in the southwest part of the site. The height of the deposit is approximately 9 ft.
2011 - Site 6 East Barge (V06-11E1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°03.067', -080°42.892'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.051117°, -080.714867°
On July 29, 2011, a 195 ft. barge was placed in the eastern part of the site. The barge is 10.5 ft. high.
2012 - Site 6 SSE Culverts (V06-12ESE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°02.791', -080°42.919'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.046517°, -080.715317°
On August 9, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and clean concrete material was deposited in the south-southeast part of the site. The material is in two lines approximately 5 feet high and 80 feet long.
2012 - Site 6 NE Material (V06-12NNE7)
DD MM.MMM: 29°03.352', -080°42.916'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.055867°, -080.715267°
On August 21, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and a clean metal tank was deposited in the northeast part of the site. The material is in two lines approximately 9 feet high and 80 feet long.
2013 - Site 6 N Culverts (V06-13N3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°03.376', -080°43.184'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.056267°, -080.719733°
On June 10, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was deposited in the north part of the site. The deposit is approximately 11 ft high.
2013 - Site 6 NNW Culverts (V06-13NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°03.342', -080°43.443'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.055700°, -080.724050°
On July 18, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was deposited in the north-northwest part of the site. The deposit is approximately 11 ft. high. The depth is approximately 60 ft.
2013 - Site 6 South Culverts (V06-13S3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°02.749', -080°43.176'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.045817°, -080.719600°
On August 10, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was deposited in the southern part of the site. The deposit is approximately 16 ft. high. The depth is approximately 60 ft.
Site 7 is a typical culvert reef. It's similar to sites 5 and 6 in it's depth, distance from shore and the types of marine life you would find. The site is about 12 nm from the inlet at a bearing of approximately 107°. It is approximately 9 nm offshore and depths are 55-60 ft.
1991 - Site 7 Original Culverts (V07-91W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.180', -080°41.410'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.019667°, -080.690167°
Back in 1991 3 very full barge loads of culverts and concrete pipe were placed on what was then the site center. Now it's actually on the west side of the site. The depth around this site is approximately 58 feet.
1994 - Site 7 Water Barge (V07-94C5)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.220', -080°41.300'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.020333°, -080.688333°
On October 9th 1994 a 120' x 30' x 7' steel water barge was sunk east of the 1991 culverts. The barge settled upright in a north south orientation. It has remained intact for main years. The last documented survey in 2010 had the barge pointed in more of a southeast direction. It is still believed to be in good condition.
2010 - Site 7 SE Deposit (V07-10S3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.034', -080°41.033'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.017233°, -080.683883°
Some time in July of 2010, 500 tons of concrete poles, slabs, and culverts were placed about 2100 feet southeast of the 1994 barge. The height of the deposit at the time of its deployment was 13 ft.
2011- Site 7 North Culverts (V07-11N3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.461', -080°41.040'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.024350°, -080.684000°
On June 29, 2011, a barge load of culverts were placed in the northern part of the site. There are two lines of material approximately 80 feet long. The height of the deposit was reported to be about 7 ft. at the time.
2011- Site 7 East Culverts (V07-11E3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.218', -080°40.720'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.020300°, -080.678667°
On July 14, 2011, a barge load of culverts were deposited on the eastern part of the site. There are two lines of material approximately 80 feet long. At the time of the deployment the height of this reef was estimated to be about 10 ft.
2012 - Site 7 SW Culverts (V07-12SW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°00.952', -080°41.285'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.015867°, -080.688083°
On August 11, 2012, a barge load of culverts was placed in the southwestern part of the site. There are two lines of material approximately 80 ft long. The height of the deposit is about 10 ft.
2012 - Site 7 SE Culverts (V07-12SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°00.940', -080°40.783'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.015667°, -080.679717°
On August 30, 2012, a barge load of culverts was placed in the southeastern part of the site. There are two lines of material approximately 80 ft long. The height of the deposit is about 7 ft.
2013- Site 7 NE Culverts (V07-13NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.459', -080°40.731'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.024317°, -080.678850°
On June 12, 2013, a barge load of culverts was placed in the northeastern part of the site. The height of the deposit is about 8 ft.
2013- Site 7 NW Culverts (V07-13NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.446', -080°41.286'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.024100°, -080.688100°
On July 20, 2013, a barge load of culverts was placed in the northwestern part of the site. The height of the deposit is about 10 ft. The depth is approximately 60 ft.
2014- Site 7 ESE Culverts (V07-14ESE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°01.079', -080°40.715'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.017983°, -080.678583°
On August 24, 2014, a barge deposited 360 ton of clean culverts in the ESE part of Site. The height of the deposit is about 11 ft. The depth is approximately 54 ft.
Site 8 is 13.5 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 134°, putting it only a few miles offshore. While a good site to fish for mangrove snapper and other bottom fish, it is not a popular SCUBA location because it is far from the inlet, often has poor visibility, and has problems with shifting sands. This site is no longer an active permitted site.
1989 - Site 8 East Culverts (V08-89E3)
DD MM.MMM: 28°55.270', -080°42.500'
DD.DDDDDD: 28.921167°, -080.708333°
1996 - Site 8 West Culverts (V08-96W3)
DD MM.MMM: 28°55.270', -080°42.680'
DD.DDDDDD: 28.921167°, -080.711333°
An underwater video made in 2013 showed that many culverts are not buried.
Site 9 is approximately 33 nm offshore, making it the furthest offshore site in the system. It is approximately 32.8 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 059°. It is a popular deep water (135 ft.) fishing site.
1996 - Site 9 Ship (V09-96C18)
DD MM.MMM: 29°21.230', -080°21.440'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.353833°, -080.357333°
In 1996, a 100 ft. ship was placed in the area. The ship is upright, intact, and easy to find.
1996 - Site 9 USN Intruder Planes
(Please email us if you have accurate GPS coordinates. These will get you close.)
V09-C1? -- 29.354317°, -80.357350 (29°21.259', -080°21.441')
V09-plane1 -- 29.353900°, -80.357383 (29°21.234', -080°21.443')
V09-plane2 -- 29.353700°, -80.358000 (29°21.222', -080°21.480')
V09-plane3 -- 29.353567°, -80.356067 (29°21.214', -080°21.364')
In 1996, about two dozen US Navy Grumman A-6 Intruder jet aircraft were placed in the area. Look a short distance to the southeast and to the east of the ship for the first few planes.
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