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Anglers will reap benefits of joint reef project


The Taylor County Reef Research Team completed its latest artificial reef deployment Monday thanks to donations from state and local agencies, along with the cooperation of volunteers and several residents.

According to Taylor County Marine and Natural Resources Extension Agent Geoff Wallat, the Florida Department of Transportation donated 75 tons of concrete culvert pipes to the reef team for deployment at the Buckeye Reef off the county’s coast.

PHOTO: Shown are: (from l to r) Reef Team Member Mike McKinney, Jena resident George Edwards (who allowed is property to be used for staging), D&L Contracting owner and operator Dale Colson, Reef Team Vice President Jody Courtney, Florida Department of Transportation representative Cindy Dunkle, Tourism Development Council Director Dawn Taylor, Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club President Lou Graf, Fishing Club Member Richard McDavid and Taylor Marine and Natural Resources Extension Agent Geoff Wallat.

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