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.
We offer our services for FREE and we would be happy to send a team of our Metal Detecting experts to help you recover your lost item. Donations are accepted.
As a club, we have returned more than 426 lost items.
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or also at our Lost and Found Page.
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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 January 23:||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||Howard Metts|
|Newsletter Editor||Tom Jones|
|Library and Training Coordinator||Tom Killian|
|Refreshments Winter||Joe & Pat Montione||Refreshments Summer||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
Will Carless, PRI's The World
Hunting for gold and GoPros left behind on Brazil's beaches
© Will Carless/PRI
On a glorious early morning in Rio de Janeiro, the long beach is dotted with curious figures. Men, some wearing trash bags, are wielding long-handled contraptions, which they work rhythmically into the sand.
The men stand knee-deep in the churning water. The surf explodes all around them, splashing brilliant white in the morning sunshine. The guys work silently, dragging their tools, known as rapinas, wiggling them, then staring intently at the contents of a curved, meshed bucket at the tool's end.
These are Rio's urban "gold miners," known as "garimpeiros." They're a loose tribe of part- and full-time treasure hunters who roam the city's beaches searching primarily for jewelry, but also for anything of value, from sunglasses to GoPro cameras to gold teeth.
They seek the bling the beach has claimed: The diamond ring lost to the ocean as a finger shrank in the cold water; the gold necklace flung into the depths by an errant wave. And they also hunt for superstitious and religious offerings left on the beach by the faithful: The coins tithed for good luck; the thin gold chain left as a sacrifice in the hope a cancer will go into remission.
© Will Carless/PRI Sometimes jewelry pops up in the morning beach treasure hunts in Rio.
For the last few weeks, the garimpeiros have been working the more than 10 miles of Rio's white-sand Barra da Tijuca beach. They appear early in the morning, rain or shine, and work in packs until the early afternoon when fatigue, or the heat of the sun, puts an end to the day's work.
Oswaldo Pintos de Oliveira, a 52-year-old trained accountant from nearby Copacabana, first caught the gold-mining bug 18 years ago. He's been combing the city's beaches ever since, surviving full-time off the gold and treasure he pulls from the sand.
"For me, finding gold is better than an orgasm!" Oliveira says. "Why? Because when you find gold you get that orgasm right when you find it, and then afterwards, you get to keep the money too!"
The way Oliveira tells it, the money ain't bad, either.
He says he averages a few grams of gold a day, or about an eighth of an ounce. On the morning I speak with him, he's been working for a couple of hours and he's already pulled an estimated 5 grams of gold, along with a handful of coins, from Barra da Tijuca beach. He says he earns about 90 Brazilian reais ($28) per gram, meaning he's made the equivalent of about $140 today.
In a country where the minimum wage is about $880 a month, that's a good living. Sort of.
Oliveira cautions that this job isn't for amateurs. There's the danger — he says he's nearly drowned twice, after being pulled out to sea — and there's the fickleness of the rewards.
He says the most valuable items he's ever found were gold Rolex watches. He's found two over the years — one men's and one women's, each worth thousands of dollars. But sometimes he can go weeks without finding anything.
"We're not just out here enjoying the beach," he says. "Look at the callouses on my hands." He rolls back wool gloves to reveal palms corroded with sores from salt water and the relentless grinding of the sand.
"Yeah, this life isn't just about checking out the women on the beach and enjoying the sunshine," he jokes. "You've got to work at it. You've got to have discipline and you've got to be committed to learning how the ocean works."
The garimpeiros have chosen Barra da Tijuca, at the western end of Rio, because the beach is being eroded. During Brazil's winter (during North America's summer), it's plump and stocked with sand from large storms. At high-tide the sand can wash up onto the road. But in the summer, which is coming, Barra's beaches become flatter and wider, as a different current pulls the sand back out to sea.
During this transition period, the ocean gouges great chunks out of the beach, leaving a mini-cliff of eroded sand a few feet high. It's these exposed layers of summer beach that are, literally, a gold mine for Oliveira and his treasure-hunting colleagues.
Despite having a good run this month, Oliveira recalls the past fondly as a time of greater abundance in the sands of Rio. There used to be so much more gold, he says wistfully.
Other garimpeiros agree. One, who would only give his name as Luis, says the 1980s especially were a gold rush.
"These days, people are scared to wear jewelry down to the beach," he says. "There are so many robberies, and the arrastoes." That's the local Portuguese word for mass robberies committed most notably on Rio's posh Ipanema beach. A crew of thieves lines up on the beach and works down the sand, robbing beachgoers of anything valuable.
Farther down Barra's beach, however, Ivandro Nunes doesn't buy into the idea that there's less treasure to be found today.
Nunes, who works in the early mornings cleaning windows at a nearby mall, usually shows up at the beach around 10 a.m. He says the problem isn't a shortage of bling in the sand, it's an excess of treasure hunters.
"There are just more gold miners now," he said. "Maybe you used to have 10 or 12 of us, now there are 60 or 70. So while you used to find 10 pieces of jewelry, now maybe you'll find two, because there are so many people doing this."
Nunes puts his positive attitude into action. He plunges his rapina rake into the sand about a mile down the beach from Oliveira. After filling the net bucket with wet sand, he swivels it and lets a wave wash the sand out again. Then he reaches into the rapina and holds something aloft.
"Look at that!" He exclaims. "A gold ring. A gold ring on my first pass!"
He pockets the ring with a grin and then turns to me.
"Do me a favor," he says conspiratorially. "Don't tell the other garimpeiros I found that ring, or they'll all be down here in a shot."
|$25 Walmart Gift Card||Jim Adams|
|Silver Half Dollar||Mark Sillence|
|Silver Half Dollar||Tom Gajentan|
|Silver Half Dollar||Bill Kober|
|Silver Half Dollar||Christopher Hatzilias|
|Silver Half Dollar||Rob Earhart|
|Silver Half Dollar||Perry Clark/td>|
|Silver Half Dollar||Stan Flack|
|Silver Half Dollar||Joe Montione|
|Silver Half Dollar||Mike Miller|
|Silver Half Dollar||Barbara Kober|
|Silver Quarter||Tom Gajentan|
|Silver Quarter||Eddie Garcia|
|Silver Quarter||Bill Kober|
|Silver Quarter||Ken Gunther|
|Silver Quarter||Jim Adams|
|Silver Quarter||Eddie Garcia|
|Silver Quarter||Rick Magyar|
|Silver Quarter||Ginny Sachelben|
|Silver Quarter||Gerri Adams|
|Silver Quarter||Georgia Duerden|
|Silver Quarter||Bill Gallant|
|State Quarter Set||Barbara Kober|
|Proof Set||Georgia Duerden|
|2007 Sacagawea||Eddie Garcia|
|Proof Set||Mark Sillence|
|2007 Sacagawea Silver||Rod Hughson|
|1800's Coin Set||Joe Montione|
|Mint Set||Mark Sillence|
|State Quarters Set||Mark Sillence|
|Pull Tab Raffle|
|Silver Quarter||Bill Gallant|
|Silver Half||Not Found|
|Name Tag Drawing|
|Silver Quarter||Mike Miller|
Congratulation to all the winners!
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|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|
|Picnic and Fun Hunt 10/24/2015|
|Ft Desoto Relic Hunt 11-7-2015|
|Annual Christmas Dinner 2015|
|5th Annual Wally Swartz Memorial Silver Hunt|
|FT Desoto Relic Hunt 3-19-2016|
|2016 Ring Finders Appreciation Dinner|
|Picnic and Fun Hunt 3/25/2016|
|Picnic and Fun Hunt 10/29/2016|
|FT Desoto Relic Hunt 11-19-2016|
|Annual Christmas Dinner 2016|