West Palm Beach Diving 11-Nov-2004

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Bad News Regarding Lake Worth NOAA Station
Is out for a LONG TIME!

Steve Collins [Steve.Collins@noaa.gov]

The public pier on which the station was located was destroyed by one of the hurricanes. Repair/replacement of the pier is not under our control and we are not optimistic that it will be repaired anytime soon. We are investigating alternatives, but at this time we have no estimate on when the situation will be resolved.

NDBC Webmaster

As a Florida Diver - I'd use this station frequently to get the wind speed and direction prior to going on a dive. Winds out of the east at 15 knots generate 6 ft waves and you should probably not be out on a boat!

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Bad News Regarding blue heron bridge

apparently the closure will be more permanent than temporary as expected
i'm looking into why and how we can reverse this unilateral decision too great a spot to turn away divers
ps end runs are still possible (via boat)

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West Palm Beach Dive Boats and Places to Stay, 8-Nov-2004

[ This note is from a WP Dive Buddy] ... George

Boats currently using the Riviera Beach Muni Marina are

Narcosis Dive Charters 48ft $55 10AM mid-week, 8AM and 1PM weekends (561) 630-0606, hour long dives with hour surface interal, nitrox available, computer recommended, north as far as Juno Ledge (will do Hole in Wall on special trips), south as far as Horseshoe (by Lake Worth Pier), (fastest boat in the fleet) sodas, water. chips and crackers included some spearfishing allowed on restricted trips lobster hunters and photographers welcome call Capt. Ray Davis to book your trip

Diving Solutions (Spellbound 40ft and Seacure 36ft), (561) 640-0480, 40min first dive, 30 min surface, 30 min second dive, air tanks available north as far as Mizpah, Princess Ann south as far as Pauls Reef (this boat runs south a lot) no spearfishing, some lobstering, great snacks, sodas, fresh fruit, no tech divers Call Capt. Doug Woods to book your trip

A1A Dive Charters (mardi gras float 36ft?) new boat on block, don't know much about them. Mike Quibidoux owns/runs boat [ www.a1apalmbeachdive.com, 877-745-DIVE, and the boat is a 38 ft ]

SS Minnow 40ft? (561) 848-6860, 800-261-8468, don't remember profiles (it's been awhile since I've dove her) runs north a lot, midchannel reefs a favorite caters to hunters (spearfishing OK anytime) nitrox available, sodas, snacks included Call Capt. Renee to book your trip

Pura Vida (Sirena 30ft?) (561) 840-8750, 12 pack, nitrox available, fresh fruit, sodas, snacks included. runs 1/2 hour behind other boats, Call Capt. Dean or Capt. Trevor to book your trip

I recommend Narcosis (I'm biased, I work on the boat).
Good luck finding the right match for you (remember, you will never replace Rampage!)
See you on the docks soon
Fish Tales underwater video

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Places to stay in West Palm:

Rutledge Inn, 3730 North Ocean Drive, West Palm Beach - Singer Island, 800-348-7946, www.rutledgeinn.com

Tropical Isle, John Sandy, 561-842-2447, West Palm Beach - Singer Island.

Super 8 Motel, West Blue Heron Blvd on I-95, 800-872-4858

Super 8 Motel, US 1 North Palm Beach I95 xt 57, 561-848-1428

Knights Inn / Day's Inn, I-95 and 45th st, 800-543-1613

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Adventure Scuba, 800-221-5420, 561-746-5420, www.adventure-scuba.net

Jupiter Dive Center, 800-567-9723,42 ft Burpee, www.jupiterdivecenter.com

Temptation, Capt Paul Benzler, 561-262-4885, www.JupiterDiveCharters.com

Scuba Works, 6 pak, 800-908-dive, www.scuba-works.com

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Lantana / Pompono

Starfish Enterprise, 561-212-2954, www.idivestarfish.com

M/V Under Pressure, 954-943-2628, 6 pak, www.underpressurecharters.com

Diversity, 561-368-9952, 30 fto boat, www.thediversity.com

Lauderdale, Lady Go Diver, 954-420-0009, www.LadyGoDiver.com

Fill Express , 2045 North Dixie Hwy, Pompano Beach, Fl, 954-786-0661, www.FillExpress.com. Here's where everybody get's their refils!!

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Florida Keys

Conch Republic , Tavernier mm 90.8, 800-274-3483, www.conchrepublicdivers.com