Joe Patti Memorial Reef Deployment
The Joe Patti barge was successfully deployed on July 31, 2013 by Walter Marine/Reefmaker. Deployment took place approximately three miles east of the Pensacola Pass. This location is not far from the beach in 50' of water and is about 35' to the top of the wreck. The 180' barge was covered with artwork to create an underwater art gallery that will make this dive a little more interesting for both beginner and seasoned divers. The barge is also close enough to the beach for kayaks to use.
A big thank you can be made to Frank Patti Jr., Robert Turpin, Escambia County Commissioners, and the Reef Committee. Their thought process was to add something interesting for locals and tourists to do while they are in the area.