Donations needed to save popular South Florida bait spot

With efforts to save one of South Florida’s most important bait fishing spots nearly accomplished, leaders of the grass roots campaign are calling for donations to secure the future of the “bent range.”

A bill of sale transferring the defunct Government Cut navigation marker from the U.S. Coast Guard to Miami-Dade County has been signed. A private aids-to-navigation application is now in the county’s hands, awaiting completion. The plan calls for the county to take title to the metal tower with the non-profit Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge — a youth fishing tournament — picking up all maintenance and repair costs.

Maritime attorney Bruce Marx, who led efforts to prevent demolition of the bent range, says the recreational fishing community needs to come up with $175,000 to protect it. So far, Marx said, about $130,000 in donations has been received.

“The fishing community has come out in huge support of the project,” he said.

Donors can go online to www.gofundme.com/liknq8 or they can mail checks to the Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge Bent Range Fund, 12292 SW 122nd Court, Miami, FL, 33186.