If you are interested in joining a Metal Detecting club in the Tampa Bay area, you are welcome to attend our monthly club meetings held at 7:00 PM on the fourth Monday of every month except the month of December.
Our meetings are held at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park, Florida and directions are available by clicking "Directions" in the Navigation bar at the top of this page. Please spend some time browsing this site and see the various activities we enjoy as members.
We have members interested in Coin Shooting, Relic Hunting, Beach and Water Hunting, and Fossil Hunting as well so you are sure to find someone with the same interests as you.. Please come to our next meeting and see if we are a fit for you. We would love to have you join us.
As a club, we have returned more than 355 lost items.
Click Here to View our recoveries at The Ring Finders Blog
You can also view our recoveries as a FaceBook member at SRARC.
We would be happy to attempt to help you recover your lost item.
Please contact us by phone or email using the information provided below.Email
Meetings are held on the forth Monday of every month. When the Monday falls on a holiday the meeting day will be changed. There is no meeting held in December.
|Location:||Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure|
|9501 US Highway 19 N.|
|Pinellas Park, FL 33782|
|Program for September 28:||To Be Announced|
|Vice President||Joe Szemer|
|Board Member||Mark Prue|
|Board Member||Stan Flack|
|Board Member||Mike Miller|
|Board Member||Paul Hill|
|Board Member||Jim Adams|
|Newsletter Editor||Tom Jones|
|Competition||Chris and Georgia Duerden|
|Refreshments||Joe & Pat Montione||Refreshments||Jim & Gerri Adams|
|Hunts & Raffle||Joe Szemer|
|I will always check Federal, State, County and local laws before searching. It is my responsibility to " KNOW THE LAW ".|
|I will respect private property and will not enter private property without the owner,s permission. Where possible, such permission shall be in writing.|
|I will take care to refill all holes and try not to leave any damage.|
|I will remove and dispose of any and all trash and litter that I find.|
|I will appreciate and protect our inheritance of natural resources, wildlife and private property.|
|I will as an ambassador for the hobby, use thoughtfulness, consideration and courtesy at all times.|
|I will work to bring unity to our hobby by working with any organization of any geographic area that may have problems that will limit their ability to peacefully pursue the hobby.|
|I will leave gates as found.|
|I will build fires in designated or safe places only.|
|I will report to the proper authorities any individuals who enter and or remove artifacts from Federal Parks or State Preserves.|
Joe and Pat Montione
Jim and Gerri Adams
Chris & Georgia Duerden
Jennifer Sangalang, Florida Today 6:41 a.m. EDT July 28, 2015
MELBOURNE, Fla. — For a few weeks, the Schmitt family and 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC had a million-dollar secret on their hands. Last month, they recovered $1 million worth of sunken Spanish coins and jewels off the Florida coast. "The treasure was actually found a month ago," said Brent Brisben of 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC. Keeping the news under wraps was "particularly hard for the family that found it. They've been beside themselves." Recovered: • 51 gold coins • 40 feet of ornate gold chain • A single coin called a Royal made for the king of Spain, Phillip V, a news release states. Only a few are known to exist, and the coin — nicknamed "Tricentennial Royal" — is dated 1715. Brisben said the extremely rare silver-dollar-sized coin is worth "probably around half a million dollars itself."
The Schmitt family struck gold "in September 2013 after finding 50 feet of gold chain and an amazing gold filigree pyx in 2014," the news release states. They are subcontractors to 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels and found the most recent treasure in shallow waters off Fort Pierce. The timing of 1715 Fleet's announcement coincides with the 300th anniversary of the Spanish treasure fleet's shipwrecks off the coast of Florida.That wreck has been the subject of numerous books, articles, documentaries and blogs. Capitan-General Don Juan Esteban de Ubilla and his flagship, the Capitana, contained quite the cargo: more than 3.5 million pesos in priceless treasure, specifically, the queen of Spain's jewels. En route from Cuba to Spain, 11 ships sank and their crews died during a hurricane on July 30.
1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels, operated by treasure hunter Brent Brisben and his father, William Brisben, is a historic shipwreck salvage operation. The company works closely with treasure hunters, museums and underwater archaeologists such as Sir Robert Marx of Indialantic. Marx has written several books about the 1715 fleet and the queen's jewels. He will speak about the historic event Tuesday at the Florida Institute of Technology. A press conference about the Schmitt family's find is scheduled for noon Tuesday in Sebastian. Brent Brisben said NBC's Today show and Fox News will spotlight the most recent treasure find this week. "We're going to be on Fox News on Wednesday morning," he said. Camera crews did some filming for the Today show Monday morning, Brisben added. Of the 11 ships that sank, Brisben said the 1715 Fleet has positively identified six of those ships. "Five more are remaining," he said, "with an estimated $400 million worth of treasure still out there."
August 24, 2015 | SRARC Monthly Meeting
September 28, 2015 | SRARC Monthly Meeting
October 24, 2015 | Picnic and Fun Hunt at Ft Desoto
October 26, 2015 | SRARC Monthly Meeting
November 23, 2015 | SRARC Monthly Meeting
December 2, 2015 | Annual Christmas Banquet at Treasure Island Yacht Club
|$25 Gift Card||Jim Adams|
|Silver Half Dollar||Rod Hughson|
|Silver Half Dollar||Mildred Chirkis|
|Silver Half Dollar||Steve Teryak|
|Silver Half Dollar||Ed Osmar|
|Silver Half Dollar||Ray Rosario|
|Silver Half Dollar||Mike Kennedy|
|Silver Half Dollar||Gerri Adams|
|Silver Half Dollar||Bill Gallant|
|Silver Half Dollar||Steve Hightower|
|Silver Half Dollar||Jon Betcher|
|Silver Quarter||Mike Kennedy|
|Silver Quarter||Ray Rosario|
|Silver Quarter||Mike Miller|
|Silver Quarter||Mildred Chirkis|
|Silver Quarter||Rob Earhart|
|Silver Quarter||Jim Adams|
|Silver Quarter||Steve Hightower|
|Silver Quarter||Howard Metts|
|Silver Quarter||Ray Rosario|
|Silver Quarter||Chris Duerden|
|Silver Quarter||Gerri Adams|
|Silver Quarter||Carolyn Cornwall|
|Silver Quarter||Mike Miller|
|Silver Quarter||Jon Betcher|
|Pull Tab Raffle|
|Silver Quarter||Kathy Gallant|
|Door Prize Winners:|
|Buffalo Nickle||Rod Hughson|
|Buffalo Nickle||Rob Earhart|
|Buffalo Nickle||Joseph Borg|
|Silver Half||Tom Gajentan||Shane Platania|
|Name Tag Drawing|
Congratulation to all the winners!
|Annual Banquet 12/2/2013|
|FT. Desoto Historic Hunt 4/12/2014|
|Picnic and Fun Hunt 4/19/2014|
|3rd Annual Wally Swartz Memorial Silver Hunt 7/27/2014|
|Picnic and Fun Hunt 11/1/2014|
|FT. Desoto Historic Hunt 11/14/2014|
|Annual Banquet 12/1/2014|
|FT. Desoto Historic Hunt 4/4/2015|
|FT Desoto Historic Hunt 4/4/2015 Video|
|Picnic and Fun Hunt 4/11/2015|