Joe Patti Memorial Reef Deployed In Gulf of Mexico

August 5, 2013

Escambia County Marine Resources and the Patti family have deployed the Joe Patti Memorial Reef, following a blessing ceremony at Joe Patti’s Seafood.  The 175-foot barge now sits in 50 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, four miles southeast of Pensacola Pass.

“By building an artificial reef closer to shore, individuals have an opportunity to explore an ecosystem not otherwise easily accessible,” said Robert Turpin, Escambia County Marine Resources division manager, “Escambia County looks forward to the addition to our artificial reef system, which was recent assessed, showing a great economic impact to our area.”

All reef and deployment costs have been donated by the Patti Family and the reef is now open to the public.

Pictured: The Joe Patti Reef prior to sinking in the Gulf of Mexico south of Pensacola Pass. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Joe Patti Memorial Reef Deployed In Gulf of Mexico”

  1. Alan on August 5th, 2013 8:58 pm

    30.17.330 / 87.13.755. 37 feet to the top of the reef

  2. Ben Thar on August 5th, 2013 1:53 pm

    Frank Patti has gone a long way in recent years to restore his family’s name. I’m a big fan of redemption.

  3. Smitty1 on August 5th, 2013 7:54 am

    Great!!! Do have the coordinates to post William?

  4. SHO-NUFF on August 5th, 2013 3:50 am

    Glad to see the private sector stepping in as the Patti Family has to promote and provide artificial reefs for all of us to enjoy.

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