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It would seem that Baltimore and Mary Land (a place which is usually ept and eager to make a buck) are missing an opportunity here. If they'd make an effort to start tracing boats...and even if the HIN is destroyed, they could start by just looking at their own records to see who forgot to renew a registration and then asking where that boat went.
Add a little forensics, confirm who owns a boat, and start by slapping 'em with violations for dumping, polluting, and endangering. They should be able to stick some $10-20,000 in state and federal fines on every "dumper". Once word of that got around, I'd bet things would change.
But of course, it's easier to do nothing, and apparently the folks who live their haven't motivated the folks who are supposed to be doing things like this.
Chef, do you vote there? Know any other voters there? It should be easy enough to convince the critters that they can get good publicity AND ease the budget crunch if they get off their asses and do a little work for you.
Mary Land, the home of "school speed zones" in three places where there are no schools or children--just because they can double speeding fines in a school zone.
What's the penalty for dumping a boat in a school zone, I wonder?