Learned today the local 20 (Station 41009) and 120 (Station 41010) mile buoys are going away in October. NASA funded these at $150K/year in support of shuttle booster recovery but now the funds are gone along with the shuttle.
I work at the Cape and learned of this today from some USGS scientists who are looking to study the bathymetry of the Cape and assess our coastal vulnerability. This was news to me and suspect it is news to many in the local surfing/fishing/ocean-mined community.
Suggest we speak up in support of the buoys. Obviously our community relies on their data for surfing but there are many solid reasons to keep them offshore for public safety, meterology and research purposes. Speak up, spread the word, talk to people at NWS, Coast Guard, Navy, Port Canaveral, NOAA, FIT, elected officials, the press and others that you may know who have the juice and interest to keep our buoys afloat off the Cape!
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Where do you think they get their info from. They just make better forecast with the info. The bouy has broke free from it's mooring and is a drift,. Right now it's approaching Georgia waters. It's still sending data he's a link http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/nws_special/41009.txt