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40-foot boat abandoned in St. Joseph Sound

Over Labor Day weekend, this boat was abandoned in St. Joseph Sound. The county will call a salvage company if necessary and bill and fine the owner — if found.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Over Labor Day weekend, this boat was abandoned in St. Joseph Sound. The county will call a salvage company if necessary and bill and fine the owner — if found.

DUNEDIN — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who deliberately dumped this 40-foot vessel in St. Joseph Sound over Labor Day weekend.

"Whoever moved the boat has not contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office or the United States Coast Guard and it's a navigational hazard," said Sgt. Dwayne Somers, supervisor of the Marine Enforcement Unit. "We believe someone was transporting it overnight to dispose of it, which is illegal."

The owner has 30 days to claim the vessel. If no one comes forward, the county will call a salvage company to remove it, tear it apart and take it to the county dump.

The responsible party could be on the hook for the removal costs and face up to five years in jail as well as $5,000 in fines.

Dumping a large vessel in a waterway is a third-degree felony.

40-foot boat abandoned in St. Joseph Sound 09/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:39pm]
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