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BROWARD COUNTY SITES:
DEERFIELD BEACH -- this beach consistently produces jewelry for the beach metal detecting, so it should produce ample rewards for the scuba detector. The beach is at the end of Hwy. 810, off U.S. 1 in Deefield Beach.
FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH -- a top spot for finding jewelry, especially after spring break.
DANIA -- directly off Cody Street, just S. of the Dania Pier, embedded in the second reef-line three hundred feet offshore, is a ballast pile! The ballast is egg rock, and is thoroughly encrusted with coral. I have seen this wreck, and it appears in no other publication that I know of. Given the rates of coral growth, this must be a 16th century wreck!
HOLLYWOOD BEACH -- off A1A in Hollywood, this is a top beach for finding modern gold jewelry.
DADE COUNTY SITES:
FRESH WATER SPRINGS -- some ships used to fill their casks from springs that were located 200 yards S. of the Rickenbacker Causeway tollbooths along the shoreline. This was a popular gathering spot in the early 1900's too. Unfortunately, construction has changed the shoreline, but many interesting relics can be found by diving or snorkeling the water offshore of this area. I also suspect that soldiers from Soldier Key (1830's era) visited this location often to gather water.
SOLDIER KEY -- the first key S. of Key Biscayne, just across the cut. See the above site also. Many very old blob-type bottles have been recovered from the water on the Atlantic side.
SANDS KEY CUT -- between Elliot Key and Sands Key, this is a haven for the bottle collector. Try to time your trip at the change of tide (slack tide) because any other time the current is vicious. I once counted 136 lobsters here, under one rock alone, but alas, it is now a part of the Biscayne National Park, and they can't be disturbed. The best way to reach this cut is to launch a boat at Homestead's Bayfront Park, at the end of N. Canal Drive, and head east to the cut, 5 miles offshore.
MOST POPULAR BEACHES:
PELICAN ISLAND -- popular 10 acre island owned by the county, and accessible from the marina on the 79th Street Causeway. While not technically a beach, it is Miami's most popular picnic spot. Bound to be a lot of boater's gold here!
HAULOVER/HARBOR HOUSE BEACH -- where the surfers go! If you doubt there's gold on this beach, just take a set of binoculars and check out the chains these board jockeys wear!
CRANDON PARK BEACH -- on Crandon Boulevard, this beach has a lot going for the treasure-hunter. Attracting money to this beach are 493 acres of park, soccer and softball fields, and a public 18-hole golf course. The water is unusually clear here, so hand-fanning for gold with a metal detector should be a snap!
LUMMUS PARK BEACH -- runs along Ocean Drive from 6th street to 14th streets in South Beach is where the ultra-chic go for a tan and a swim. Miami uses electo-magnetized trucks to pick up trash in this area, so treasure-hunting is confined to the water. That is ok, because 90% of the gold finds are in the water anyway.
85th STREET BEACH -- is along Collins Avenue, and is the place locals go for a swim! A good spot to find some old gold on a beach diving expedition!
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