Brevard County Program Aims To Eradicate Derelict Vessels

By  //  November 20, 2012

Removal Program Intensifies In December

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Boating & Waterways Program will kick another phase of its ongoing efforts to remove derelict and abandoned vessels from the county’s waterways into high gear in December.

Abandoned boats like this one will be removed from the Indian River as part of Brevard County’s ongoing efforts to eradicate derelict and abandoned vessels from the county’s waterways. (Image courtesy Indian River Lagoon)

Working closely with state and local law enforcement, county staff has been able to identify approximately 25 vessels derelict or abandoned in county waters.

This continuing work will span Brevard’s waterways north to south and is scheduled to remove over 14 of the 25 identified vessels.

Project support and funding through the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners’ Brevard Boating Improvement Program and the Florida Inland Navigation District has been crucial to the success of this project.

This brings the program total to more than 140 vessels removed since 2006.

The project is intended to improve boater safety and protect water quality and submerged aquatic resources in Brevard’s Intracoastal Waterways.

To report derelict or abandoned vessels please contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922.