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Sounds Like a Bit of a Gamble

The city of Pompano Beach, Fla., is betting that divers will flock to its newest artificial reef: a 305 ship sunk in 50 of water and “staged” to look like a casino. “Nothing on a ship of this magnitude with this kind of interactive art exists anywhere else,” boasted Tom DiGiorgio, who heads the city’s Economic Development Council. DiGiorgio has spent five years trying to find the right ship for the project; it will be outfitted with concrete-cast poker tables, roulette wheels, and other gambling paraphernalia for divers to explore, and will be part of the city’s “Shipwreck Park” a mile and a half offshore. The previous ship in the project, which cost $500,000 to buy and sink, failed when it overturned while sinking, dumping its cargo of replica Easter Island statues, and then settling on top of them. The replacement ship, for which the city is paying half of the $625,000 it will cost to buy and sink, is the Newtown Creek — a retiring New York City sludge tanker. (RC/South Florida Sun Sentinel) ...A New York City sludge tanker? Then it really will be like a casino.
Original Publication Date: 10 April 2016
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