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William L. Baker "Pop's Getaway"" Memorial Reef"

In memory of William Lacey Baker (1946-2021).
A truly loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and Great Pop! He grew up in Miami Florida, where his deep love of the ocean began as a young boy! Later serving his country in the Army, then becoming a father of 3, his favorite vacation spot became Mexico City Beach. From trolling at the buoys for kings, to bottom fishing at the car bodies and towers for red snapper and grouper. Always ending the day with a swim off the tip of Cape Sand Blast’s small island. Every morning, we would go to Piggly Wiggly for bacon and eggs, then go under the big bridge to watch the shrimp boats go out before we headed out to fish for the day. There is no other place he would want to be laid to rest. This was his home away from home. This artificial reef is dedicated to him and named “Pop’s Getaway” which was the name of his boat! Where everyday is a day to fish, so don’t worry or feel sad for him, he is now forever fishing with the master of the sea!! We love you Pop!! He has eternally Gone Fishing!! This reef consists of 1 Ecosystem, 5 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs, and 1 Grouper Reef deployed 6 Apr 2012 under FWC grant 11224 and MBARA funding. This reef’s location was verified by MBARA divers Bob and Carol Cox on 31 May 2020.


REEF ID: 138
Latitude: 29° 45.661 N
Longitude: 85° 35.930 W
Range: 14.3 nm
Bearing: 218
Depth: 86 feet

Range and Bearing is taken from mouth of Mexico Beach Canal.

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