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This boat will go to the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, Mississippi next week and serve as a first place of refuge for oil-stained wildlife.
"We have a canopy that will encase the boat and it will have misting system in and solar fans," added Castlow.
The folks at Dragonfly have a pretty good connection to help get this project off the ground and literally into the water. One of the most well-known individuals in all of South Florida is a big contributor.
Musician, and part-time Palm Beacher Jimmy Buffett, is providing the funding for this first work boat, and up to four others that Dragonfly will build. Jimbo Meador is a fishing buddy of Buffett's.
Smart Sponge locks up the oil and will not release it under any amount of pressure or turbulence. Every quantity of oil that Smart Sponge absorbs – approximately 3.5 times its weight in hydrocarbons – remains secured and cannot be released into the environment. Once the oil is permanently absorbed into Smart Sponge material, becoming a stable, buoyant solid, it can be removed from the water when convenient with traditional fishnet hauling equipment, creating no further environmental damage
Originally posted by richierich
Believe it or not I knew jimmy pretty well many years ago in Miami where I was born and raised. We had a mutual friend that lived in South Miami and we would run into each other often there. Jimmy was a great guy, one of those smiling and nice types that never offended anyone. he was barefioot a lot and played all around the Grove and a coffeehouse called the Flick near the U. of M.
One day I saw Jimmy at our friends and he played his first album for me ( vinyl!). I was not impressed...we were all into the Stones and such and he was sining some Key West stuff that was new...I said to him: " Hey Jimmy, cool record " but I was not too impressed. Jimmy though was a really cool guy...he was not a big druggie and he worked all the time.
He impressed me as a hippy type and I never in my wildest dreams imagine that he would turn out so big in music...he was just too laid back and calm...but talent he has!!
I am confident that if I ever ran into him he would remember me...all I would have to do would be to mention our mutual friends name and I know he would recall it...we spent quite a bit of time there...God bless Jimmy...no other guy deserves fame more...he worked his ass off for many years until he hit it big..if he ever plays near me ( fat chance ) I will try and see him and recall some old times.
Originally posted by desert
I love Jimmy Buffet! Thank you, Jimmy, for doing this!
What he's doing is a big drop in the bucket, but that's how a bucket can be filled. Everyone in the Gulf States needs to be a drop.