The Florida Division of Historical Resources has submitted a project idea in the Pepsi Refresh: Do Good for the Gulf contest for $250,000 to help protect Florida shipwrecks.
The Save Our Shipwrecks project will save threatened shipwrecks, enhance environmental restoration, stimulate economic development and inspire and empower conservation through interactive learning opportunities. Florida boasts distinctive and historically significant shipwrecks. 23 sites have been located off the coast of Pensacola alone. Some are archaeological preserves, others like the USS Oriskany have become a “Great Carrier Reef” providing vitally important aquatic ecosystems and habitats for marinelife. These sites are popular destinations for fishermen, divers, historians and students and are an important economic investment for coastal communities.
You can vote once each day until August 31 at http://gulf.refresheverything.com/saveourshipwrecks to help these significant resources.