In 2018, the Okaloosa County Tourism Development Department contracted with Matrix Design Group, Inc. to explore various concepts for the construction of an artificial reef to attract more visitors to the area and promote economic growth in the region. The project will utilize local tourist development dollars and private sponsorships to ensure a successful execution and to build on the success of other artificial reef projects throughout the state. A primary goal of the proposed Underwater Military Tribute project is to honor Florida’s role in our nation’s defense and memorialize the specific contributions made by the military community at local installations including the Florida National Guard.