As reported last month, FAC participated in a workshop held by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) to identify and prioritize the many problems and potential solutions related to derelict vessels. At the workshop, stakeholders narrowed down a long list of potential solutions to the following:
- DHSMV needs to follow §705.103(4) to revoke rights for registering vessels by owner and responsible party.
- The transfer of title should take place at a local tag office with both buyer and seller present.
- There should be a mandatory freeze on title transfers when a vessel has been deemed derelict, or while under investigation / litigation.
- Statutory language should be changed so that a “responsible party” rather than owner of record can be held accountable.
- FWC should place a specific funding request for derelict vessels in its proposed agency budget.
The FWC expressed its intention to refine these concepts during future public workshops to be held around the state in the near future, with the ultimate goal being agency and stakeholder input to assist legislators should the issue be considered again during the next session. These future meetings have now been scheduled as follows:
Daytona Beach area, Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Tampa area, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Key Largo, Thursday, August 13, 2015
The exact times and locations will be determined at a later date based on attendee feedback. Should you be interested in attending, please contact Phil Horning, FWC Program Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 617-9540.