“I had cancer, so my kids got me this thing to get me out of the house after my surgery. It’s really helped me, and I got hooked on it,” said Billy Facundus while searching for treasures with his metal detector at East Beach. Facundus, an auto-body worker by trade, has found rings, rare coins, and even artifacts, such as a one-of-a-kind chalice made in Italy.
“The best thing about sailing is the freedom. I used to live on a sailboat in the ’80s, and I bought this a couple years ago to go diving at the islands with my kids, but it didn’t last long,” said Remy Saragosa (pictured left). He and Art Phillipe attempt to salvage what they can from Saragosa’s boat, which was beached during this weekend’s storm. After the two gather all the rope, winches, and brass they can, the boat will be sold for the lead keel and hauled off the beach within a few days.