Derelict boats are littering Georgia's coast. Products of a dismal economy for boaters, these environmental hazards are costly to remove and no one seems to have money to do it. A new effort is putting a small dent in a big problem.
Georgia officials are fining a Tybee Island hotel CEO for moving a sand dune. Harry Spirides of the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort admits to hiring four men to shovel a dune at night starting in mid-February. The executive says, he wanted to make beach access easier for hotel guests. But moving a sand dune violates Georgia's Shore Protection Act.
Brunswick city officials are getting tired of paying to raise sunken and abandoned shrimp boats. Two years after paying about $70,000 to raise a derelict trawler at the city dock, last month another one sank. Taxpayers end up footing the bill when shrimpers can't maintain their boats and can't insure or sell them.