State Stuck with Bill When People Ditch Boatsposted: 3/4/2014
Since the Department of Natural Resources began a program to rid state waters of potentially dangerous vessels in 2003, vessel owners have only repaid about $28,000. That's less 1 percent of the total $8.3 million owed in the past decade.
A handful of boat owners are currently on payment plans for roughly $161,000. The state agency is actively billing nearly $2 million in recovery costs from others. They've also sent nearly $3.4 million through the collections process.
The state has removed more than 500 boats since the program began in 2003. But there are currently about 150 on the state's watch list.