Offshore open water paddling at
Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.
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I’ve been occasionally seeing this sub off Dania Beach for months, if not years. Probably just conducting exercises or testing, but last week they seemed to be out there every single day!
It’s always in the same area, just south of Port Everglades inlet, about a couple miles offshore. Seems to run a short north – south course paralleling the coast.
Once I spotted it, I paddled out about a mile offshore in my surfski to where the white reef mooring buoys are. The sub was still at least a mile away and heading due south with a police escort.
Thanks to reader feedback, I found out that the sub is conducting undersea mapping and other exercises. It uses special detection devices to determine the acoustical and electromagnetic signatures of nearby ships. It’s a part of the South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility, i.e. the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The ship itself is a large nuclear powered Virginia-class attack submarine, and here’s a video of a similar one heading out of Port Everglades back in 2015!
That coastline is the quiet* and beautiful Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (MJ Park for short), which also includes Whiskey Creek – a very popular paddling spot.
The Park, formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is the last remaining undeveloped beach and quite possibly the nicest natural place in all of Broward County!
(* Quiet not available on weekends!)
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