Derelict Vessels Being Addressed

Middlesex County aims to address the issue of abandoned or derelict watercraft in its waters after the Board of Supervisors approved a plan to seek funding from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The decision follows discussions about the potential long-term obligations associated with boat removal and salvage. Research by the Middlesex Economic Development Authority confirmed that applying for the VMRC grant does not impose ongoing responsibilities on the county. With estimates suggesting fewer than 15 boats needing removal, local officials view this initiative as a proactive step to tackle a persistent problem. The grant deadline is June.