Here's an example of a colossal blunder that's costing big money to undo. About 2 million tires were dumped into the ocean off Fort Lauderdale to create artificial reefs, and now there is a $2 million budget to clean up the mess.
The tires have turned out to be a terrible nuisance, washing up on beaches and destroying natural reef habitat as they churn around in currents and tides.
According to project proponent Ray McAllister, a professor of ocean engineering at Florida Atlantic University, "The really good idea was to provide habitat for marine critters so we could double or triple marine life in the area. It just didn't work that way. I look back now and see it was a bad idea."
Excuse me, but blogfish is amazed that anybody really believed it was a good idea to dump garbage in the ocean. Of course, we've only learned part of the lesson. Now that we know tires are a bad idea, we've moved on to mothballed warships, subway cars, and human remains cast into "reef balls."
Great ideas, good intentions, big mistakes.Tweet