Council proposals would re-anchor city’s process for clearing abandoned boats

Scattered along the city’s 520 miles of waterfront are hundreds of abandoned boats: half-sunken barges, sailboats aimlessly adrift and many more vessels fully submerged. Whether unmoored by a storm or purposefully let loose, each craft poses an environmental hazard and creates a costly headache for the patchwork of city, state and federal officials saddled with the crafts’ removal.

A new City Council bill, introduced by Joann Ariola of Queens, would streamline the process by creating an Office of Marine Debris Disposal and Vessel Surrendering to coordinate the cleanup of derelict vessels and waste from the city’s shores. A separate measure, also proposed by Ariola, would task

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