Introducing the most high-profile contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system: the sinking of a 324-foot ship and its continuous underwater art exhibitions. On Saturday July 23rd, the 324-foot Lady Luck vessel sunk, creating a scope of diving experiences from 50-150 feet below the surface and about 1.5 miles southeast of the Pompano Beach Pier. The transformed ship will become an underwater habitat: a haven for fish, as well as scuba divers. Lady Luck will be one of the biggest contributions to Florida's artificial reef system and one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the nation.
The project was a joint partnership of the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park and the City of Pompano Beach. Each contributed $312,500 toward the purchase, towing, cleanup, installation of artworks, and sinking of the ship.
Prominent Pompano Beach artist Dennis MacDonald has created a mock underwater casino, complete with poker tables, roulette tables and slot machines on the main deck. This underwater casino is the largest of its kind in the world. It is a unique underwater experience and provides many diver photo opportunities with a rotating gallery display of locally produced underwater artwork.
The ship will join several other ships already deployed in the area creating opportunities for multi-wreck dives at Shipwreck Park!