By Lora-Marie Bernard
TWO STATE agencies have joined one of the county’s cities in a program to help solve a thorny problem for water sportsmen.
Their “vessel turn-in” program is based on the notion that, while the best day in a boater’s life is the day he buys his boat, the other best day is the day he gets rid of it.
With that in mind, the city of Galveston has teamed with the state’s general land office and parks and wildlife department to help every island small-boat owner have his “other best day”.
The city is offering its resident boat owners the opportunity to remove inoperable and derelict vessels up to 26 feet long through the program, which will provide the owners with a voluntary method of disposing of old or broken vessels until August 1.
The GLO will remove all fuel, oil, and batteries, while Galveston city officials will remove lead keels, aluminum and all other recyclable materials.
The program was originally offered to residents who live east of 103rd Street. This week, the city expanded it to include citizens west of 103rd.
“This program is designed to assist owners with the legal removal of unwanted boats, reducing instances of illegal dumping, unsightly neighborhood blight and the harboring of unwanted pests to further the city’s beautification initiative,” the
city said in a code-enforcement announcement.
Residents who want to dump nasty boats should call the program hotline at 409-797-3560.
A message will prompt callers to provide their name and phone number so they can be added to the application list and then a GLO representative will contact the resident to discuss the application.
Then the representative will conduct a site visit, during which the applicant will need to prove ownership. Once verification is complete, the boat owner will be notified about the removal procedures.
Residents who are not owners can report broken or abandoned boats to the city code-enforcement division at 409-797-3660.