The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is now accepting applications for its newly created Vessel Turn-In Program. This is a voluntary program designed to help owners dispose of their unwanted at-risk vessels before they become derelict.
Upon approval of an application, FWC will take a surrendered vessel and dispose of it at no cost to the boat owner. Removing the vessel before it deteriorates into a derelict condition will prevent legal ramifications for the boat owner. A derelict vessel in the water is a criminal offense and can carry serious penalties and fines or possible jail time.
To qualify, a boat must be floating in the water in Florida and cannot be determined derelict by law enforcement. The owner must have at least one written at-risk warning or citation and possess a clear title to the vessel.
To apply GO HERE or call the FWC Boating and Waterways Division at 850-488-5600