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Abandoned boats a growing problem on Waterway
WMBF News ^ | Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | A.J. Ross

Posted on 07/14/2010 7:36:48 AM PDT by Willie Green

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – With several large abandoned boats dotting the Intracoastal Waterway, Horry County leaders and residents say they are concerned.

The boats range in size from 30-40 feet, and according to different accounts, these vessels have been an eyesore for the past several years.

"These boats are just junk laying out here in the middle of the waterway," said Ronald McManus with the Freedom Boat Group. "It is just ridiculous for our tourists to come down here and see and it's a very serious problem."

Horry County Councilman Brent Schulz agrees something needs to be done to resolve what he calls a growing problem.

"I think part of it has to do with the economy," he explained. "I think people cannot afford to pay the dockage to keep the boats up and they leave the boats abandoned."

According to Schulz, the county does not have the means nor the jurisdiction to resolve the issue alone.

"The waterway is considered navigable waters of the U.S., so it's going to involve a federal agency or even the state of South Carolina, and I've made calls and I've tried to get on top of this," said Schulz. "I've been told by different groups such as the EPA, Coast Guard and Army Core of Engineers that it's a lack of funding or it's not their jurisdiction or there's several reasons that I get."

According to Robert McCullough with the Department of Natural Resources, his agency identifies the abandoned boats, but local agencies with the county or city where the boats are left are supposed to remove them.

McManus, who received a substantial federal grant to pay for a local artificial reef, claims he would gladly take the abandoned boats away.

"I could go ahead and even pay for cleaning up these fiberglass ones and getting them off the water - all I need is possession of them," said McManus, who claims he also contacted DNR. "I hope that somewhere along the line they, DNR or DHEC or anybody, either give us permission to get these boats and clean things up around here."


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1 posted on 07/14/2010 7:36:50 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
these vessels have been an eyesore for the past several years

Since no level of government can do anything about it, perhaps some anonymous citizen action under the cover of darkness is in order.

2 posted on 07/14/2010 7:39:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick (We made a proactive decision to postpone the originally scheduled nightlife activities.)
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To: Willie Green

I don't know the law, but at what point can someone declare the boat to be abandoned and simply salvage it?

3 posted on 07/14/2010 7:41:51 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Willie Green

I say we load the boats onto trains and whisk them away.


4 posted on 07/14/2010 7:43:09 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: Disambiguator

;-)


5 posted on 07/14/2010 7:44:35 AM PDT by Tax-chick (We made a proactive decision to postpone the originally scheduled nightlife activities.)
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To: Willie Green

Clearly this is an emergency that requires us to build the Intracoastal Railway.


6 posted on 07/14/2010 7:46:15 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("Why should I feed pirates?"--Russian officer off Somalia is)
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To: Tax-chick

I learned at a young age that the use of combustible materials and application of a combustion source was usually a very effective method for getting a government carry out its responsibilities with regard to abandoned property, vehicles, etc.


7 posted on 07/14/2010 7:46:18 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.")
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To: Willie Green
Hmmm, been trying to convince my wife it's time to move south and Little River was one of my choices.
House prices way down and now "free" boats.
8 posted on 07/14/2010 7:46:23 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Willie Green
" Army Core of Engineers"

um.. this lends an air of great credulity to the article...

9 posted on 07/14/2010 7:46:29 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: econjack
I don't know the law, but at what point can someone declare the boat to be abandoned and simply salvage it?

Good question

10 posted on 07/14/2010 7:46:47 AM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Willie Green
Interesting. For a generation or more, we've all been trained to "wait for higher authority" to get anything done, and abandoned all that power to the leftists in DC. But now that we have a bunch of narcissistic idiots in charge, idiots who have no real-world ability, the real responsibilities of government are left unhandled.

Time for the locals to step in and take care of their own place, like it used to be before all the socialism. Just like the folks in LA and MS tried to do with the oil spill, before the Coast Guard muscled in and stopped them.

11 posted on 07/14/2010 7:47:35 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Willie Green
Army Core of Engineers

Idiots!

It's "Corpse" of Engineers.

12 posted on 07/14/2010 7:48:06 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Everything I needed to know about 0bama, I learned from Wesley Mouch.)
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To: camle

Same writer as Zero’s “ Corpseman”?


13 posted on 07/14/2010 7:48:44 AM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Willie Green

We’re from the gov’t and here to help and serve.


14 posted on 07/14/2010 7:48:49 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Charlespg

I remember a story about a Louisiana boy that got his 4x4 “swamper” stuck in the bayou. A dredging boat came by, saw the truck and picked it up. The kept it under state laws of salvage, and he had to pay a good penny to get it back.


15 posted on 07/14/2010 7:48:58 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Willie Green
titanictwits hopesinks
16 posted on 07/14/2010 7:52:01 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: denydenydeny
Clearly this is an emergency that requires us to build the Intracoastal Railway.

Is that the High Speed Intracoastal Railway?

On another note; why can't the owners be traced by the boat registration? Even is the registration numbers are gone, isn't there a serial # or something like a VIN on boats?

17 posted on 07/14/2010 7:52:06 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Everything I needed to know about 0bama, I learned from Wesley Mouch.)
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To: Willie Green

Here in Washington we pay a derelict boat tax on our boat licence. We who own working boats have to pay for the idiots who dump their old ones on the side of the road or set them adrift.


18 posted on 07/14/2010 7:52:25 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Kozak; N. Theknow

LOL~!

any farmer knows it’s the CROPS of engineers!


19 posted on 07/14/2010 7:53:19 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle

” Army Core of Engineers”

Apple corps have seeds...and funeral homes deal with corps.


20 posted on 07/14/2010 7:53:57 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Willie Green

In the Down East section of the NC coast north of Beaufort, evey small bay has at least one partially sunken shrimp trawler or fishing boat. Adds to the maritime ambiance.


21 posted on 07/14/2010 7:54:44 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

then who rests within the Army Copse of Engineers?


22 posted on 07/14/2010 7:56:42 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle

Only the heartless wouldn’t know that it was the Army Coeur of Engineers.


23 posted on 07/14/2010 8:01:15 AM PDT by P.O.E. ("Now who's being naive, Kaye?" - M. Corleone)
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To: camle

They got dam(n) responsibility on the waterways...unless they copse out.


24 posted on 07/14/2010 8:03:29 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: camle
" Army Core of Engineers"
Actually, this is correct. I know this because I am a Kernel in the Mureen Corpse.
25 posted on 07/14/2010 8:06:55 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: econjack
It appears that the Double D is aground on wetlands. ICBW, but my guess is that messin' with it will be a Federal crime.
26 posted on 07/14/2010 8:25:58 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: Willie Green
that's the trouble with private ownership of boats. all marine travelers should take federally sponsored ferries!
27 posted on 07/14/2010 8:30:54 AM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: Roccus

I was wondering if that was Dolly’s boat?


28 posted on 07/14/2010 8:34:40 AM PDT by NCjim ("You can't pick up a turd by the clean end", Bob Lonsberry on Obamacare)
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To: NCjim

Heh-heh...that PROVES I’m gettin’ old!

My thought was, “Double Down”


29 posted on 07/14/2010 8:40:21 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: Disambiguator

LOL!!

“All aboard!”


30 posted on 07/14/2010 8:41:43 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: econjack; Roccus

What does the graffiti painted on the starboard side say?

It appears to read “OIL = SUICIDE” to me. Ugh.


31 posted on 07/14/2010 8:44:40 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: I Buried My Guns

if yer the kernel (klink?) then mebbe it’s the corn of engineers?


32 posted on 07/14/2010 8:49:05 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Willie Green

It looks like an opportunity for some enterprising souls.

One of my most memorable experiences was taking an old and rundown 32 foot sea skiff on the Chesapeake Bay and restoring it. It provided lots time with family and friends and a great deal of satisfaction. A year and a half of labor and some money later it was ready to enjoy on the water.


33 posted on 07/14/2010 8:51:09 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Tax-chick

Charleston has the same problem, but they’re taking care of it. All this man needs to do is call City Hall in Charleston and find out how they’re getting it done.


34 posted on 07/14/2010 8:58:33 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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