Dozens of abandoned boats are littering Tampa Bay waterways

Updated : Oct 22, 2019 in Articles

Dozens of abandoned boats are littering Tampa Bay waterways


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  • Sink them to make coral reefs for other fishes. The cops won't impound them because there's no drugs are good money and people on board the bust

  • Auction them off to people who want them. Salvage or lost titles can be had for a fee the state makes money both ways, and saves the tax payers the expense of cleaning it up. Metal scrapers would bid on that big metal boat.

  • Why don't they just do them like an old house and douse it with gas and let it burn down to the water line and sink. Maybe Florida has some law about it but they could always tow it out to International Waters and do it. Every time I buy some property the first thing I do is burn the houses off and doze in the foundations.

  • So many pirates there> Like a pirate cove They steal them, use them to carry drugs then sink them> They know there protected by they law

  • let people impound them and get a recovery fee if the owner wants it back these citys are so stupid they would rather spend money than be a community service.

  • if offerd or allowed , people would take them for free . to resell or keep for them selves.
    this is just a money grab for the law .

  • Bru, imma pirate a boat so fast if i see one just chillin like that, no fucks given. Freedoms just a steal away boys.
    Low lands, low lands awayyyy.

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  • Can someone come salvage them ?? With out listening too crap ? If not. We been dumping shit in waterways for yrs. so. Stop complaining !

  • Legacy of the Baby Boomer generation: this was predicted 30 years ago. There are just too many fiberglass boats and they are pretty much impossible to dispose of. It's going to get worse

  • Wait, so people lose their boats in a hurricane and then the government comes along and steals money from them because of their misfortune?

  • Weird things are happening around the world, and seems like hard to make a living, and very hard to get cash flow, and lots of prices on many things are way out of wack. This seems to be present in many other countries including the USA, China, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Germany, and so on.

  • Keep promoting this news story and I bet many of those boats will vanish quite quickly. Who wouldn't want a free boat?

  • I wrote fish and wild life they say its theft to take the boats so its ok to just leave it there block our water ways making it unsightly stupid state laws

  • Nova Scotia has a serious boat-dumping problem, many companies register their boats in canada then never pay taxes on them, then when the boat is no longer seaworthy they ditch it in a harbour where it's impounded for backed taxes.

  • sooooo hook them all up to a coast guard cutter and drag them out to the ocean and make a reef and charge the owners for the service….DUH

  • The motor blocks in those boats can be made to look almost brand new and sold for quite a bit of money and parting out what’s left of the boat

  • A derelict vessel is one whose owners have abandoned her with no intention of recovering her. A derelict vessel can legally be claimed by the first person who puts a tow rope on her. So why aren't people doing that?

  • only a few parts of Tampa is nice …almost no parts is legitimately safe in my opinion to take the family out to dinner without a possible crime happening along the way. every other part of Tampa is trashed and dirty

  • they are a title state and don't allow people to take over abandoned boats.. change the law so people can salvage them.. or the state can clean it up

  • Fl. is a title state. You cant salvage boats without it. Take a boat and you will be charged with piracy. But If you got time and means and you can get to Columbia S. A. you can license there.

  • They should just change state law to follow international maritime law first. Anyone can then salvage these boats, and charge the owner.. The owner don't pay, they get the boat.

  • Why didn't they just do the same as car repos and impound the boats and if the owner doesn't retrieve the boat in time they sell it off.

  • The American system of wringing as much money as possible out of what they would call the non compliant is its own worst enemy, thechosen sons of Israel who sit down and think up thousands of rules and laws cause more problem for the envioronment and other people ,in their pursuit of money , there would be no problem making an announcement saying if they are not claimed by the owners by a certain date there will be an open day for anyone to take them !

  • I wonder
    If i Florida , you can just put a notice in the local newspaper ( Tampa times ) and if within 30 days no one claims the vessel.
    Then it becomes yours !

    Thats how it is in Connecticut for abandoned motor vehicles.
    PLEASE :
    Are there any thoughts or comments on this subject ????

    Thanks in advance .

  • Getting rid of a fiberglass boat ain't cheap or easy. I cut one up with a chainsaw and mashed it into a dumpster for my landlord. Very messy business.

  • If they are floating or 1/2 sunk abandoned they should be classified " Flotsam and Jetsam" and whom-ever recovers said derelict items becomes the Lawful owner.

  • they be pirates.. we out here couldn't even help this guy's boat in key largo like pump out..They put him in jail.. A friend pumped it for first month then cops seen and said would lock him up…It took 2 weeks to sink.. I gave him a tent friend gave him a ride so he could try to salvage his stuff..bike cycle only thing good… as soon as that orange well starts off red sticker be there it's piracy to do any thing with it it's the States property… the same state selling us out to the feds..one place cops get what they want off the board leave in a parking lot and let people help them selfs after dark…. I know cause they kinda said it's here tell the trucks come..stuff walks off ever day from here on.told him I got dibs on that line if still there when I get out..hhhee

  • Most of them are on the books for thousands and thousands of owed dollars on the loan the owner got to buy the boat. Whoever wants the boat can have it if they pay the loan off to the title holder. Title holders are usually banks that got screwed when the owners stopped paying and declared bankruptcy. Now these banks are getting screwed again with the fines!

  • I don't get why abandoned boats are such a big deal. I would think that people would just claim them for free and even the ones that are not working I'm sure you could sell some of the parts.

  • So you can spend 1.4 million on "boat problems" cleaning up other messes. But can't clean up the homeless problem or poor education. But make sure coast is pretty. Great job

  • You know this only happening because Donald Trump is in the White House. No one ever abandoned a boat prior to 2016.

  • Maritime law allows for sunken, or abandoned boats to be salvaged and rescued by anyone who finds them, but Florida State law prohibits this. These boats could be cleaned up by people looking for a good deal, but the state won’t allow it. The owner of the derelict boat must assign title to a person who wants to salvage it, and some won’t do it.

  • What are the laws in Florida about acquiring abandoned boats,,,I fix boats up I'd love to come there and get some,,or make a small salvage fee,,,,get rid of the RED TAPE,,,that stops everything from moving forward,,,,

  • Florida's "Title law" says you can't claim them under the salvage law so boat restorer can't claim the boat, fix them and resell them so under the threat of jail they just leave them to mess up the beautiful environment. Another example of well meaning government making things worst

  • after derelict for 3 months its finders keepers ..that would clean up things real fast; spark the economy and tax revenue,, ,just noticed I'm not alone on this

  • You can thank Florida law making it impossible to Salvage abandoned boats because they consider it theft if you pull one of these rotting carcasses out of the sea. Stupid laws.

  • Ya know, there used to be salvage laws that applied to abandoned vessels. No need to fine owners, simply document abandoned vessels and allow salvage operations…..without 10 million freaking government hoops to jump through so that only big corps can get in on it.

  • See the greed of the government is the cause of this I guarantee just like the other comments if they let citizens keep whatever was left out to rot for free and make it easy for them to get the paper work people would take most of these boats and have them as projects until seaworthy again

  • Can’t they be salvaged and claimed , sold at auction to cover costs of removing and funding??? Hell I’ll come down to Florida and claim a boat

  • Are you kidding me? Have you seen all the litter along the roads? Along the Howard Frankland, along 275 especially through St Petersburg, and the piles of litter on all the storm drains? Take a ride with your cameras.

  • Get the owners out there and make them clean up their shit. They are just trashing our waters and being careless. That's just part of being a responsible boat owner. You dont like it stay on land or do what's right. I think they should pay big fines if not retrieved within a few days. It's really fucked up actually when you really think about it.

  • Take them out deep and sink them into reefs , 1.4 million too clean up but all boats are still there and the money has been stolen ,

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