How to Do Florida: Diving for Sunken Treasure
"Today's the day," was legendary Florida treasure hunter Mel Fisher's motto. Among other finds, he raised $450 million in gold and silver from the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha, sunk in a storm in 1622 and rediscovered by Fisher in 1985, about 35 miles from Key West. Today, Florida's Treasure Coast is "the only place in the country where … average people can live their dream of finding sunken treasure," says treasure hunter Brent Brisben, who bought salvage rights from Fisher to waters he searches today off Sebastian Inlet. All it takes is an adventurous spirit and a dream of striking it rich.