Isadore Cat III Directly Hits 45 unanchored Pallet Balls
placed in 3.4
feet of water off the beach of Progresso, Mexico...
We spoke this morning to Javier who is a Reef Ball contractor in Merida
Mexico that took a direct hit (twice actually) of Hurricane Isadore (Cat III
possibly a 4 at impact) and then Tropical Storm Isadora (on exit). Javier
was in the middle of a Reef Ball installation and had constructed two lines
of Pallet Balls in 3.4 feet of water..he had ordered fiberglass rebar to use
as anchors, but did not receive the rebar in time to install the anchors
before the storm hit.
Javier reported this morning that all 45 Pallet Balls did not
move at all. Two on the outside edges even had Polyform A-4s (the same
size as the center bladder in Bay Balls) chained to them as markers and they
are still there and did not move even though the Polyforms go underwater
with each passing wave.
The beach being protected by the Pallet Balls experianced less erosion than
the surrounding beaches. The rest of the Progresso beach lost most of the
except those protected by the Pallet Balls. The front (ocean side) row Reef
about 2 inches, the landward row did not settle at all, but up to one foot
new sand is around the bases of the Pallet Balls.
2) BREEF and Sir Nuttall were nominated by Kathy Kirbo of the Reef Ball
Foundation for an award by the US Coral Reef Task Force.
The award is in the category of Outstanding Public Awareness and Education,
BREEF WON! And the citation reads:
"The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force recognizes the Bahamas Reef Environmental
Education Foundation and Sir Nicholas Nuttall for their leadership
and continued efforts to educate the citizens and government of the Bahamas
to the importance of their reef systems.
or go to www.artificialreefs.org then click News, then click BREEF for a
summary of the BREEF Reef Ball project.
3) Reef Ball announces the availability of the "Super" sized Reef Ball mold
system. This unit is a foot wider and several inches larger than the Ultra
See a picture below of the new size. It is recommended for use as a
submerged breakwater unit. This size was originally developed by Coastal
Reef Builders, Inc. but was not used due to difficulties in casting. Reef
Ball has developed a new concrete mix design that works perfectly with the
larger size that now enables the release of the new size. The SUPER reef
ball uses a Polyform A-7 central bladder that is now available from
Polyform US (formerly only available in Europe).