Published: Apr 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Bay County officials have approved a plan to deploy artificial reefs near the piers along Panama City Beach.
    
The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/1ft91dF ) reports commissioners on Tuesday approved a $60,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to deploy the reefs in state waters.
    
The sites are about 3 nautical miles from M.B. Miller County Pier and Russell Fields Pier.
    
Commission chairman Guy Tunnell says the artificial reefs will be beneficial to offshore fishing, diving and boaters.
    
Officials say the concrete and limestone reefs will have a life span of 50 to 100 years.
    
Artificial reef coordinator Allen Golden says 13 Army tanks that became reefs about 20 years ago are still attracting marine life.
    
Commissioners say the deployment date has not been set.
    
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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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