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Call for an Island-wide clear away of abandoned boats

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Keep Bermuda Beautiful has called on various Government departments to come together and tackle the issue of abandoned boats around the island.

As this newspaper reported on Wednesday, the issue of abandoned boats is causing concern among members of the community.

KBB executive director Anne Hyde, yesterday recalled the success of a previous initiative which cleared derelict boats left over from the affects of Hurricane Fabian.

“A few years ago Marine and Ports teamed up with other Government departments to remove unsafe and abandoned boats,” she said. “As I recall, it was a large collaboration of Marine and Ports, The Parks Department, Waste Management, Environmental Health and the Marine Police divers.

“It would be great to encourage these same Government departments to get together once again and do the final push to clear our waterways and beaches of the final remaining boats. These boats are not only an eyesore, but pose a safety, health and pollution hazard as well.

“The situation will only get worse as the boats break apart and pollute the sea that surrounds us and threatens marine life and marine traffic.”

Ms Hyde said KBB is quite frequently contacted by concerned citizens regarding abandoned or sunken boats, adding: “We, in turn, report these boats to Marine and Ports with the boat registration numbers.”

Photo by Akil Simmons Several abandoned boats blight the view of the vegetation of Spanish Point Park, Pembroke. Keep Bermuda Beautiful executive director Anne Hyde has called for the return of a decade-old apparatus which identified and removed abandoned boats.
A boat lay beacked amongst mangroves at Coney Island Park. (Photo by Mark Tatem)
The abandoned hull of a speedboat collects trash while on blocks adjacent to the parking lot at Ferry Reach Park, St George's.(Photo by Akil Simmons)
An abandoned boat sits half submerged in the waters of Ferry Reach, St George's. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
A boat filled with debris lay along the shoreline at Coney Island Park (Photo by Mark Tatem)
The bow of a sunken boat breaks the surface of the waters in Devonshire Bay. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Abandoned Boats in the St. Georges Area. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Photo by Akil Simmons An abandoned pleasure boat lies nearly completely submerged in the waters of Ferry Reach, St George's this week.
Abandoned boats in Spanish Point Park (Photo by Akil Simmons)
A small boat lays smashed on the rocky shoreline of Coot Pond, St George's. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published October 26, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm)

Call for an Island-wide clear away of abandoned boats

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