Did y'all see Miss Taffi on the WPTV news when they were here in Vero? Taffi Fisher Abt and her family are very important to the Treasure Coast and Miss Vero is proud to count Miss Taffi as one of our dearest friends.
So today kids we ask y'all to help us out with a request from Miss Taffi:
Dear Miss Vero,
It seems the State of Florida, Division of Historical Resources has no one holding their reins in and the people of this Great State need to put forward their comments. I appreciate any help.
Thanks, Historic Shipwreck Salvage Policy Council (HSSPC)
Friends of HSSPC"
c/o Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum
1322 U.S. One
Sebastian, FL 32958
Here's the story:
First of all, for any of y'all that don't know, Miss Taffi is the daughter of legendary treasure hunter, Mel Fisher. And before y'all say you know somethin about Mel and his family, we suggest y'all go to the library and read a few books, or just go to the Mel Fisher Museum right here in Sebastian to learn the real stories about what went down (and was brought back up!):
Anyone who truly knows this family, could never say an unkind word about them. They have made it their life's work to pursue a dream and continue to do so and we give them all the respect that they deserve, because isn't that what being American is all about? Having the freedom to pursue your dreams?
For more than 40 years the Fisher family has been in the treasure salvor business and have sacrificed and worked to make some incredible treasure finds. Even after recovering the treasure of the Atocha, a battle over ownership with the Sate of Florida, continued right up to the Supreme Court, where a decision was granted in Mel Fisher's favor.
The Fisher family and corporation have established two museums, one here in Sebastian and another in Key West, to share their discoveries with the public. They have an Archaeologist and Marine Biologist on staff and seek out the most qualified individuals to help in their research.
Now here's where y'all come in:
The State of Florida , namely the Division of Historical Research wants to put treasure searching into the hands of Florida Universities and government control. This seems like a good idea on the surface, to reign in the cowboy treasure diver types, but when y'all consider that no new salvage permits have been issued since 1987 to any private salvors, then it becomes pretty clear that the State is the pirate, once again tryin to loot the booty!
Let Miss Vero ask y'all - When was the last time you saw a museum exhibit at a Florida college or university? And isn't it nice to be able to take yourself or your guests to a local museum and see why this is called the Treasure Coast?
Let's support the Mel Fisher Museum and keep one of our own in business.
write or email:
Ryan Wheeler PhD, Chief and State Archaeologist,Martin House1001 DeSoto Park DriveTallahassee, Florida 32301, firstname.lastname@example.org/or
Barbara Mattick, Chief,Bureau of Historic Preservation, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250, email@example.com
Kurt S. Browning, secretary of State
Thanks so much!