State turning shipwrecks into parks for education, adventure
A recent trend in tourism, shipwreck parks, is meant to encourage education and allow for a bit of adventure, The Bradenton Times is reporting. The program began in 1987 with the designation of the Spanish merchant ship Urca de Mima, which sank off the coast of Ft. Pierce in 1715. The newest shipwreck nominated to become a park is the U.S.S. Narcissus, sunk off the coast of Egmont Key in 1866. If approved, it would become the 12th shipwreck park.