Andrew Harris was 26 when he drowned in snorkeling accident (Photo by Allen Eyestone)
The foundation is named to honor Andrew Harris, who was killed in a 2014 snorkeling accident near DuBois Park in Jupiter. The foundation is raising money to sink 100 modules to form an artificial reef and marine sanctuary more than a mile northeast of the Jupiter Inlet.
Last year, the foundation sank 40 artificial reef cells about 4 miles off the Jupiter Inlet that were built to mimic Bahamian coral heads.
Andrew, who attended Jupiter High School and graduated from Florida State University, was 26 when he died.
The foundation has an agreement with the county for 240 modules. The foundation raises the money for construction, while the county pays for deployment.
Described as “a potato chip and peanut butter sandwich,” the modules have dozens of nooks and crannies to attract sealife. Made of cement and held together by fiberglass mesh, they also take pressure off natural reefs by giving anglers, divers and snorkelers another option for exploration.
Palm Beach County also contributes to the foundation. Last year, Jupiter contributed about $26,000.