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Join Marriott To Celebrate Sinking of The Lady Luck With Viewing Party and Auction

Features & Advice | Michael Schottey | July 07, 2016

Join Marriott To Celebrate Sinking of The Lady Luck With Viewing Party and Auction

A ship is going down off the coast of Florida, and Marriott wants to celebrate it with you.

The Lady Luck is being transformed into the world’s first faux underwater casino and will be sunk off the coast of Pompano Beach, Florida to become one of the biggest pieces of the state’s artificial reef system. Marriott Pompano Beach will be celebrating the event with a live auction on July 8 and a sinking viewing party along with BBQ Fundraiser on July 23.

Set to become one of the largest wrecks in the area, The Lady Luck is longer than a football field and will become a top diving attraction for all skill levels. Between the sheer size of the soon-to-be wreck and all of the added interactive features, it will take more than one dive to explore the underwater structure and museum, enjoying all of its beauty and unique artwork.

The project is being undertaken by The Shipwreck Park Inc., a private not-for-profit corporation with sponsorship from the City of Pompano Beach and the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park that aided in the purchase, towing, cleanup, installation of artworks, and the eventual sinking of the ship.

The ship was towed from New York to a facility on the Miami River for cleanup and installation of artwork before the sinking. Local Pompano Beach artist Dennis McDonald has created a number of fun and interactive displays, including a swim-through cascade of giant dice, an octopus dealing cards and a table of very literal card sharks.

During the live auction on July 8, Lamar Fisher, the mayor of Pompano Beach, will serve as auctioneer for unique memorabilia from the ship, including Lady Luck’s engine order telegraph, passageway lights, portholes and even the ship’s horn.

Attendees will also have the chance to bid on the trip of a lifetime, worth $25,000. It includes a complimentary three-night stay for two at Marriott Pompano Beach for the sinking date, overnight valet parking, and meals. The lucky bidder will also be filmed for Scuba Nation, which airs on Fox Sports, and the opportunity to join they the first group to tour Lady Luck with the inspection team.

On the day of the sinking, Marriott Pompano Beach’s Ocean Terrace will serve as a viewing site as the tanker will sink one mile from the resort. Priced at $75 per person, the Ship Sinking BBQ Fundraiser will include valet parking, passed hors d’oeuvres, a BBQ-themed lunch menu and an open bar which will feature Pompano Beach’s own Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company’s Lady Luck Beer. Attendees will also be able to watch the sinking via live streaming video.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to commemorate a brand new one-of-a-kind diving destination. 

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