A crane this week lowered into place the first segments of a $10.6 million artificial reef needed to replace 3 acres of the real thing that will be buried to add more sand to the beach. Shoreline Foundations Inc. began placing 8-by-12-foot rectangular reef segments about a quarter-mile offshore of Pelican Beach Park in about 15 feet of water as a part of the beach renourishment project. The county is putting the articulated concrete mats, with embedded coquina rock just offshore, to make up for any buried natural reef. County officials say their plan to renourish the depleted shoreline makes every effort to spare unique natural reefs near the beach and that the artificial reef will compensate for any reef they bury.
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