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Most treasure hunters go a lifetime and never take home a single piece of silver. But one Sanford family is now among the divers who struck gold — and a lot of it.
The treasure-hunting Schmitt family uncovered this weekend what could be $300,000 worth of gold chains and coins off the coast of Fort Pierce.
I would be cool. It would also help to be independently wealthy or have a strong backer. There are more treasure hunters who strike out than strike it rich (not that anyone is going to retire on 300k).
If I had a dream job I think it would have to be "professional treasure hunter". What a cool way to make a living and an awesome find
Its probably not theirs. There are strict regulations concerning finds and treasure hunting in general. Salvage companies have stacked claims to anything found offshore, especially in Florida. Nowadays people can be arrested and face heavy fines for using a metal detector in the wrong place.
The state gets the first pick of the treasure. Up to 20 percent of the rarest finds will be displayed in museums. The rest will be split equally between Brisben's company and the Schmitts.
Even so, for the Schmitt family, the hunt is about more than just the money.