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Abandoned, At Risk or Derelict Vessels are a concern for the boating public in the State of Florida. Pinellas County has a program to remove these vessels, but there is a specific process that must be followed prior to removal.
If you suspect a vessel is abandoned, at risk or derelict, please report the situation to:
A notice is then provided to the owner (via mail or notice on the vessel) to remove the vessel or request a hearing within 21 days.
If the vessel is not removed or a hearing requested within the 21-day period, Pinellas County's Marine Safety Unit receives a Derelict Vessel Removal Authorization.
A contractor will then be dispatched to remove the vessel.
Pinellas County Sheriff
Marine & Environmental Land Unit
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission