Posted: May 15, 2012 11:03 AM by John Pastorek
Updated: May 15, 2012 11:03 AM
Source: AP wire
HOUMA- Terrebonne Parish officials are considering a law to crack down on owners of sunken boats who abandon the vessels and leave the parish with the bill for removal.
If approved, the ordinance would authorize officials who find sunken vessels to identify the owners and issue warnings.
If a warning is ignored, a citation would be issued. Possible penalties include a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.
Current parish law allows sunken boats to sit for 60 days, after which the parish would declare them abandoned and gain ownership.