872 3776 TIDAL 1

NGS PID:
AA0934
Coordinates:
N 24.9649° W 80.5685°
Location:
Elevation:
2.99 ft.
Type:
Tidal Bench Mark Disk
Setting:
Concrete Pier
Year Established:
1975
Established By:
National Ocean Service
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of February 18, 2014

This was our first Florida benchmark, and of all the marks we had prepared for, this was not among them. While waiting for the Islamorada visitors' center to open at 9:00am, we took a walk through the adjacent Founders Park. This turned out to be a well maintained and interesting municipal park with a beach, walking/cycling paths, dog park, and a full-service marina. And as a bonus—as I discovered when I checked BenchMap—several tidal stations!

No. 1 was easy to locate using the description (although the Bar B Q Pit restaurant is no more) and is in excellent condition. I took photos while Rich searched the seawall and many walkways of the marina for more disks.

A report on the condition of this survey mark has been submitted to NGS, along with the following recovery note:

Recovered in good condition. Mark is located in Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina in Founders Park. To reach is accurate although the Bar B Q Pit restaurant no longer exists.

Handheld GPS coordinates for the bench mark are 24 57 53.6(N) 080 34 6.6(W).

NOS Tidal Bench Mark Disk 872 3776 TIDAL 1
NOS Tidal Bench Mark Disk 872 3776 TIDAL 1
Eyelevel view of the mark (indicated) set in concrete dock footing.
Eyelevel view of the mark (indicated) set in concrete dock footing.
Looking N toward the dock and the mark to the left (indicated).
Looking N toward the dock and the mark to the left (indicated).