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post #9 of Old 06-27-2008
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My friend here on the Little Magothy River watched the DNR come by and refloat a deserted boat that broke free of it's anchor and sank. Upon raising said boat from the water they dove in, checked for bodies or evidence of foul play, then let it sink back down where it was.

Seems clearing sunken boats is the owners responsibility, and since no one knew who the owner was there it sat. My friend called 7 on your side (local news) who then did the investigative report thing we all love so much.
Two phone calls and one day later the boat was refloated and towed off by DNR.

Squeaky wheels get oil.

If a boats been deserted DNR (or the local version in FL) can put a sticker on a boat with a 30 day call back warning. Then impound the boat for 60 days (charging fair rate per day if the owner wants to recover), after which they can auction the boat off for salvage.
They could even have the tow companies do the service for free.
Self funded clean water, what an idea

People that don't visit their floating ping pong balls for more than 30 days deserve to have them impounded.

Nasty, but it does not impose on our legal right to navigate as we see fit, not as some city council member who doesn't like his view of his waterfront spoiled sees the law.
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