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The Daytona Beach Police Department is committed to making Halifax River beautiful. In partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the city has been removing numerous abandoned and derelict boats that were left in the river. Not only are these boats an eyesore, they also create negative environmental impacts to local wildlife. Check out how these boats are removed by viewing this video.
As of Sept. 18, the six vessels that remain will be removed within two weeks. They will require a barge with a crane or more extensive work to be removed. Some of the vessels are completely or mostly underwater, and some had struck the bottom of the river or must be removed during high tide.
The police department continues to exhaust all efforts to have the owners of these abandoned vessels pay for the costs of removal and demolition. Owners have been notified that their watercraft was derelict and given time to resolve the issue. Holds have been placed with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles on these owners’ ability to renew any vehicle registrations until they pay fees. Some have also been charged criminally with abandoning a vessel in public waters.
The police department will be reimbursed $107,829 through two grants issued by the FWC to have the boats hauled away in the next 60 days.
To report an abandoned vessel, contact MarineUnit@dbpd.us.