New artificial reef to be sunk off Florida's Pompano Beach

AP News
Posted: Jul 23, 2016 11:39 AM

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials hope that a former tanker the length of a football field that is to be sunk off the state's southern coast will become a major scuba diving attraction.

The aquatic attraction named Lady Luck is to become the newest centerpiece of Shipwreck Park, a series of 16 underwater dive wrecks full of marine life.

The 324-foot tanker was built in 1967 and was towed from New York to Florida earlier this year. It was to be sunk off Pompano Beach on Saturday afternoon.

It features three larger-than-life shark statues, a life-sized mermaid and an interactive art exhibit that will display locally produced underwater artwork.

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Artist Dennis MacDonald says he hopes his design will attract tourists and marine life — and will contribute to Florida's artificial reef system.