The Real Deal Miami

Abandoned boats afloat in crisis

May 22, 2009 10:52AM

Just as financially distressed homeowners have walked away from foreclosed properties, South Florida’s waterways are filling with abandoned boats. Phil Horning, who runs the derelict vessel removal program for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the total grows by double digits every time the water goes down. He estimates there are 1,500 derelict vessels in state waters.