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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Palm Beach’s First Ever Veterans Wheelchair Accessible Boat Fishing Event

BLM Co-hosts Palm Beach’s First Ever Veterans Wheelchair Accessible Boat Fishing Event

The bite was on as 22 wounded veterans, family and support participants joined Captain Rich Brochu and 1st Mate Tony Brown of on Rich’s custom built wheelchair modified fishing vessel Thea Marie for some offshore fishing.


This event was a community-based collaborative event under the Fisheries For Veterans Project (WWW.F4V.ORG), a project co-created by the BLM and FishingCommunity.Org.

Following a half day of fishing, the group celebrated over donated lunch (thanks Publix!) at the Riviera Beach Marina. Sharing fishing stories, enjoying camaraderie and outdoor fishing adventures the day could not have turned out better. Plenty of fish were caught and released and several fish put on ice for participants to take home.

Capitalizing upon the vision of Rich Brochu to provide a vessel and fishing experience for wounded veterans, otherwise not available, the F4V project worked to bring wounded heroes, their families, local communities and public lands and fishing resources together to promote the rehabilitational, recreational, and educational power of local communities and public resources.

FishingCommunity.Org recruited and coordinated participants. Representatives from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Fisheries and Law Enforcement divisions joined on board to provided expertise, support and cheer the participants on.

The local manager of the historic Jupiter Lighthouse Inlet Outstanding Natural Area, Peter DeWitt, also joined the event to share information and describe and share the Bureau of Land Management’s aquatic habitat restoration and community engagement activities at the BLM-managed lighthouse property. Other co-hosts include the American Legion Post 271 and