Gulfport removes final beached boats

Tropical storm ETA beached a handful of boats that the city had to pay to move. A city spokesman said for the former captains of these ships to get the boats off the beach it would have cost about $4,000 dollars. That’s money they didn’t have, so they turned it over to the city.

WFLA reported:

On Wednesday, Congressman Charlie Crist wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking for help replenishing and preserving the coast.

“We hope to get a response soon and what it will do is help protect boaters, the shoreline,” said Congressman Crist. “We’re surrounded by water. That’s a blessing. But we have to be prepared for it too.”

Gulport City Spokesman Justin Shea said both boats taken away Wednesday are a total loss, they will be salvaged and impounded.

Meanwhile, there are still thousands of dollars of other repairs to do in the city between damaged docks and boat slips and railings.

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