The People’s Reef Project is a pilot program in cooperation with US Customs and Border Protection, MMPS Environmental, and Saint Lucie County in which a drug seized cargo ship was transferred directly over to the county of Saint Lucie for the purpose of being cleaned and deployed as an artificial reef. For the first time in history the ownership of a seized vessel was transferred quickly enough for US Customs to be able to donate the money that they would have paid for docking directly to the efforts to begin cleaning the vessel for deployment. This is the 2nd time that they have seized this particular vessel, but some vessels have been seized 4 or 5 times because the cartels end up buying the ships back from private sellers who would purchase them at auction. Customs was looking for a way to end the cycle. If we can prove this concept; we are able to make an impact on drugs being imported into this country, while simultaneously increasing the inventory of artificial reefs and providing spawning habitats for shelf edge fishes. This also will attract divers and sportfishers. It’s great for marine life, the local community, tourism, and commerce. We hope you will recognize the value of being able to prove that this concept is attainable. It will change the way drug siezed vessels are dealt with, making sure that once a ship has been seized it will never get back into the hands of the cartels and will never smuggle drugs back into our country (which is already dealing with an opioid crisis), taxpayer’s money is not wasted on dockage fees (just to turn around and have the cartels acquire the ship again), and many more counties will have an opportunity to reep the multitude of benefits of having an artificial reef along their coast.