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We would like to thank the following people and organizations (who are not listed in any particular order) for their continued help and support.
Clink on  the logos below for links to their  websites.

Resource Control Corp. " What is an environmentally beneficial way to recycle this massive glut of vessels that are beginning to accumulate? We are going to be involved in establishing a new process that will take something that is looked upon as a liability and transform it into a wonderful asset for the community of Key West. We look forward to the day that we can look on the internet and watch the fish swim by."
                                                                - Jeff Dey, President.
                                                          Resource Control Corporation

 Florida Keys Community College "Proper installation of an artificial reef could not only enhance our fragile and vital underwater environment and encourage tourism, but also provide a valuable resource for both education and research within our community."          


Bob Smith, Program Director, Diving Technology

           Florida Keys Community College

Key West Attractions Association "The Attractions Association Strongly supports the efforts of your organization to create an Artificial reef in the waters off Key West. The sinking of the (ship) southwest of Western Sambo will be an event which will bring positive attention to our community. We congratulate you on the thorough work you are doing to make this project beneficial to the environment, the educational community and the business community."
                                                               -Michael Morowski

Save A Turtle "We at Save-A-Turtle would like to commend you for your efforts to place the ship...offshore Key West, to serve as an Artificial Reef that will add NEW Habitat, for the marine animals in our area...we support ARK and the efforts to provide that, with the addition of shipwrecks as a way to reduce stress on our area reefs and provide a new thriving area of marine life."
                                                                  -Mike Hall

Key West Harbor Pilots   "We do believe this project will be an asset to the dive and recreational fishing industry as well as the general public...We congratulate all those involved in this worthy project and will be glad to support it in any way that we can."                                                      -Captain Robert W. Johnson
                                                                        Senior Pilot.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary" I am writing this letter to express the support of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) for the placement of a shipwreck as an artificial reef between the Western Sambos Ecological Reserve and Sand Key... I applaud your initiative to build partnerships in the community."
                                                                          -Billy D. Causey, Superintendent
                                                                    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Key West Hotel & Motel Association " Please be advised that the Board of Directors of Key West Hotel and Motel Association at its regular meeting of March 1, 2000 voted to support your efforts to complete this project."
                                                                           -Jack Smith, MSA
                                                                          Executive Vice President.

Key West Innkeepers Association " The Key West Innkeepers Association supports your organization in the effort to create an artificial reef in Key West by sinking the ship...By working with the Marine Sanctuary and the Community College you have developed a project which will benefit the whole community including the interests of business, education and the environment.
                                                                          -John W. Marburg
                                                                      President, Board of Directors.

 Key West Chamber of Commerce "The sinking of the a project which will benefit the whole community including business and environmental interests...The Key West Chamber of Commerce commends the thorough and careful planning you are giving to this undertaking for the future of our environment."
                                                                        -Virginia A. Panico
                                                                     Executive Vice President.

Seaweed's Ship's Histories We would like to thank 'Seaweed's Ships Histories' for providing us with photographs (such as the black and white photograph on our homepage) of the General Hoyt Vandenberg. 

Florida DEP "This letter represents an expression of interest in...the use of the vessel 'General Hoyt Vandenburg' as as artificial reef. This is a project which is being promoted by the diving community under the leadership of a local grass roots non profit organization called Artificial Reefs of the Keys, Ltd."
                                           -Jon Dodrill, Environmental Administrator
                                 Office of Fisheries Management And Assistance Services.


US Dept. of Transportation - Maritime Administration (Maritime Administration)
"Be advised that the vessel (General Hoyt S. Vandenberg) has been set aside for the Artificial Fish Reef Program and specifically for the Artificial Reefs of the Keys due to their active interest."
                                                            -Andres Hark, Vessel Custody Analyst.


Key West Business Guild "We... support your organizations efforts to sink the Vandenberg in the waters of Key West as an artificial reef for diving and fish habitat. We admire your organizations thoroughness in involving many other groups in this project that is supportive of the environmental, business and educational 
communities in Key West."
                                                           -Kent Henry, President.


City of Mexico Beach "The city has developed both reef balls and pyramids and there has been a significant increase in both the size and quantity of fish...I think artificial reefs are extremely worthwhile and the City will continue its program each year."
                                                         -Frank Healy.


Florida Keys Wild Dolphin Alliance
" The FKWDA fully supports Artificial Reefs of the Keys, and the current Vandenberg wreck project. we encourage community support ...This project provides a multitude of invaluable opportunities for the recreational dive community in regards to promoting potential increased tourism, educational research & monitoring programs and much more.
                                                                            -Captain Sheri L. Sullenger, Co-Director.

Reef Relief
"Such a reef will increase habitat for reef fishes and provide a recreational opportunity for divers."
                                                                            -DeeVon Quirolo, Executive Director.  

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