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ScubaBoard Venice Beach Bash Meet Up


Bring your family and friends to join us for a fun day of diving and fossil hunting!
THIS EVENT IS FOR EVERYONE

WEATHER PERMITTING!!
When: Saturday, April 25th - 8 A.M. until...??

Where:
Venice Beach, FL

Type of diving:
Shore diving for Shark teeth and fossils in the Gulf of Mexico. This area is a prehistoric river bed and does yield more fossils than just shark’s teeth.

What to Bring:
BYOE (Bring your own everything)
Any Dive Gear you may need including a Dive Flag and bag to collect your fossils in.
Fossil permit if you want to collect anything else besides shark teeth. (cost 5$)
Here's the link - Fossil Permit
Coolers with any drinks and food you want for the day. (No grills, glass containers or alcohol is permitted)
Chairs, Shade Canopies, Beach Umbrellas, Blankets, Tarps, Towels, and Swimwear.
Recyclable grocery bags (fill them with sand and use as a weight to hold anything down)

What to expect at the dive site: Typical sharks teeth found are from the following: Dusky and Blacktip family, Sand Shark (current and prehistoric), Bull Shark, and Lemon Shark. Rarer but also found are Maco, Great White, Snaggle Tooth and Megalodon. Other fossils that can be found include dolphin, manatee, and whale bones, stingray stingers and crusher platelets and tail vertebrae, porcupine fish platelets, mammoth and mastodon teeth/tusk/vertebrae, sloth claws, alligator scales, and saber-tooth teeth. Depths are 16-18 feet unless you swim a long way out, then you may hit 20'. Please also be aware of boat traffic while diving.

Directions to the beach:

From the north:
Head to Venice on I-75. Get off at exit 193 and turn right onto Jacaranda Blvd. Turn right on Venice Ave (CVS at the corner). Stay on Venice Ave until after you've crossed the bridge to the downtown area. Turn left at the second light after the bridge - Harbor Drive S. Turn right at the 5th street down - Alhambra Road. Follow to the end of the road.

From the south:
Head to Venice on I-75. Get off at exit 193 and turn left onto Jacaranda Blvd. Turn right on Venice Ave (CVS at the corner). Stay on Venice Ave until after you've crossed the bridge to the downtown area. Turn left at the second light after the bridge - Harbor Drive S. Turn right at the 5th street down - Alhambra Road. Follow to the end of the road.

If you wish to use your GPS, the address for the condo at the end of Alhambra Road is 633 Alhambra Road, Venice, FL 34285.

Where to park: Park on the street as close to the dead end as possible and without blocking access to the beach from the road. Be careful not to block the driveway to the condo or to the homes along the street. Please note, when parking, park along the street in the direction of travel for the side you park. Failure to do so may and could result in a ticket.

Amenities Florida West dive shop is about 1 mile north of the site on 41 literally just over the bridge back onto the mainland. Sharkey's restaurant is at the base of the pier. Venice Beach's downtown district is 1/2 mile off with food and shops as well. Public bathrooms are about a 10 min. walk down the beach.

Area Map
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Should you need any other information, please do not hesitate to ask.


Give us a shout out if you can make it.
Hope to see everyone there!

 

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Good way to start the season. Hope the water warms.
 

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So looking forward to a beach bash. Tentative other plans that day. Decisions....
 

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Apparently to pull any fossils other than shark teeth you need a $5 fossil permit.
 

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Since when? Haven't heard of needing a permit before...
 

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Apparently to pull any fossils other than shark teeth you need a $5 fossil permit.

Since when? Haven't heard of needing a permit before...

The permit appears to be for fossiling on land. I will continue to research and call to get a clear answer.
 

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As I understand it, the stae of Florida owns the land 9 miles into the gulf.
So a permit is required for diving for anything other than sharks teeth.
It would be a real bummer to find a mammoth tooth and have FWC stop you and not have a permit.
This is possible:
Any person who, in violation of this section, engages in any of the activities described in subsection (1) without first having obtained a permit to engage in such activity commits a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 6 months, or both; and, in addition, he or she shall forfeit to the state all specimens, objects, and materials collected and excavated in violation of this section, together with all photographs and records relating to such materials.

Also remember that you need a dive flag.
I have seen it enforced, with a ticket issued.
 
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