Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program

NOTE:  Funding for this program was not appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2010

The Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program provides grants to local governments for the removal of derelict vessels from Florida waters.

The program was established by Florida Statute 376.15.

Rules governing the program are in Chapter 68-1.003 Florida Administrative Code.

What is a derelict vessel?

"Derelict vessel" means any vessel that is left, stored, or abandoned: in a wrecked, junked, or substantially dismantled condition upon any public waters of this state, at any port in this state without the consent of the agency having jurisdiction thereof, or docked or grounded at or beached upon the property of another without the consent of the owner of the property.

For more information on derelict vessels, contact your local Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regional office.

How is the program funded?

Pursuant to Florida Statute 376.11, the program is funded by the Florida Coastal Protection Trust Fund.

Who may apply for a derelict vessel removal grant?

All local governments in Florida are eligible for participation in this program.

Florida Statutes require that the transfer of a vessel be made with a title. Failure to do so may cause the previous owner to remain legally responsible for a future derelict vessel. Failure by a vessel owner to notify DHSMV within 30 days of transferring title is a 2nd degree misdemeanor. See 328.64, F.S., for further information.

For more information about the Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program, please contact:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Division of Law Enforcement
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
Phone: 850-488-5600
Fax: 850-488-9284

FWC Facts:
All vessels must have a wearable USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board.

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