FWC to remove sunken boats from Collier waters Thursday

— Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and local authorities will begin removing a dozen derelict boats from Collier County waterways on Thursday.

The clean-up is possible because of an $80,000 grant to the commission by the Collier County Coastal Zone Management Department, according to a press release. Over the next few weeks 12 vessels will be removed from the water, including a 70-foot sail boat that sank in the Marco River in 2007.

Over the past year the commission, as well as the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the Marco Island Police Department and the Naples police department, have tracked down the boat owners, some of whom are facing criminal charges, according to the commission.

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