Derelict, abandoned boats and other marine debris are environmental hazards that create navigational risks, and property damage, especially after heavy weather events when these vessels can become dislodged.
On Friday, February 24th, NYC Parks Chief of Waterfront and Marine Operations Nate Grove and Councilwoman Inna Vernikov teamed up to have three derelict vessels removed from Sheepshead Bay, along Emmons Avenue, near East 21st Street.
As NYC is known as a city of water, Grove said we more shoreline than Boston, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego combined. “Abandoned vessels pose a serious threat in our waterways and shorelines and endanger our city’s sensitive marine ecology.”
Councilwoman Vernikov said the hazardous boats have been an eyesore for years. “I’m proud to have worked with the NYC Parks Department to remove these vessels.”
The sunken sailboats were removed via tow boat and inflatable lift bags, with an experienced dive team assisting. This was made possible with a $55,000 allocation from Vernikov.