Palm Beach County OKs $1mm toward making Cold War-era sub a reef

(USS Clamagore Preservation & Memorial Assn)
(USS Clamagore Preservation & Memorial Assn)

The Cold War-era submarineUSS Clamagore is one step closer to a final resting place off Juno Beach as Florida’s only submarine artificial reef.

Palm Beach County Commissioners voted 7-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to pay a Miami firm $1 million to coordinate the sinking off the “Gray Ghost of the Florida Coast” in about 90 feet about 1½ miles off the Juno Beach Pier.

It would be the newest addition to the county’s renowned 150-plus piece artificial reef program.

The money will come from a trust fund fed by vessel registration fees. The state kicks back about $500,000 a year to the county’s Department of Environmental Management.

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The Clamagore: A photo gallery www.mypalmbeachpost.com/clamagore

 

Prehistoric tooth from extinct seal found in Palm Beach

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Archaeological and Historical Conservancy
(National Museum)
(National Museum)

No one has seen a Caribbean monk seal for six decades, and none have been sighted in Florida in nearly a century.

Now archaeologists say they have found a prehistoric tooth from the extinct animal along the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach. They say it’s the first evidence ever that the seal lived in what’s now Palm Beach County, which was mostly uninhabited — at least by white settlers — until the late 1800s.

Archeologists from the Broward County-based Archaeological and Historical Conservancy found the tooth last month, executive director  Robert S. Carr told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday from Davie. He said his group is “99.9 percent sure” it’s from one of the long-gone seals; “the tooth is “very distinctive.”

He said it’s 500 to 1,000 years old.

Carr also said in a press release that the seal’s “occurrence at a prehistoric site in Palm Beach indicates that it was also hunted by prehistoric peoples including the Jeaga. He added that monk seal remains in Florida “are rare, but also have been found (at) Tequesta sites at the mouth of the Miami River and other sites along the Florida coast and the Bahamas.”

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Fatal crash at PBIA: 60 years later, honoring a fallen father

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Post staff/Meghan McCarthy

Six decades ago, a military plane fell out of the sky trying to return to what’s now Palm Beach International Airport. Five men died.

Last week, the two children of the plane’s pilot came to the airport and stood for the first time at the spot where they lost the father they never got to know.

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Palm Beach County Historical Society to hold Armed Forces Day May 21

Armed Forces Day at the Johnson History Museum in the 1916 Court House in downtown West Palm Beach at 300 North Dixie Highway.

Service and sacrifice by the military past and present will be honored Saturday, May 21 at the annual Armed Forces Day program by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at the 1916 Courthouse, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

It starts at 11:15 a.m. with a color guard presentation by a local detachment of the U.S. Marines Reserves. That’s followed by a tour of the exhibit “By Land and Sea: Florida in the Civil War,” and at 12:30 p.m. by a historic weapons demonstration.

Also on display on the courthouse lawn: military re-enactors and their encampments and vehicles such as a Huey Helicopter and military trucks. Food trucks will be parked along Third Street.

The event is free and open to the public; nearby parking is free.

For more, visit www.hspbc.org.