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.
During a severe financial crunch, Brunswick pays $67,000 to remove a sunken shrimp boat. The boat owners cannot afford the cost of removal and are leaving it completely to the city. This is just one of 33 boats in Glynn county waters that are waiting to be cleaned up. A total of 130 boats are submerged off Georgia’s costs. The process of removing and cleaning up a sunken boat ranges from $42,000 to $70,000.
Budget cuts in education are getting a lot of attention in this year's gubernatorial race, but a lot of smaller state agencies also are dealing with budget cuts. For instance, the Coastal Resources Division has cut its budget over the past two years by 52%. That's the most of any division within the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.