Not allowing the sport-fishing community to be caught off guard, as it had been with Bug Light, Bruce Marx, a Miami-based attorney and lifelong fisherman, contacted the Coast Guard and city officials to explore avenues to prevent the demolition of the Bent Range Marker. Federal regulations allowed the Coast Guard to hand the responsibility of the marker over to a local government or nonprofit organization, and through discussions with both the Coast Guard and the city of Miami Beach, Marx secured an agreement. This would allow the
Coast Guard to divest its interest in the Bent Range Marker and allow it to be transferred to Miami-Dade County, preventing its demolition. Marx and Jose Fonseca, tournament director of the nonprofit Capt. Bob Lewis Charitable Billfish Tournament, met the challenge of raising the needed funds, in excess of $140,000, to buy out the contractor and maintain and repair the marker, now the financial responsibility of the tournament.