Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program

derelict-vessel         Total Removal Funding            2017/2018

Available Expended
$1,488,550.00 $0.00


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pursuant to sections 206.606 and 376.15, F.S., has established a program to provide grants to local governments for reimbursement for the removal of derelict vessels from the public waters of the state. The program is funded by an appropriation from the Florida Legislature.



FWC To Announce 2017/2018 Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Availability

Coming soon this fall, the Derelict Vessel Program will begin accepting applications for funding assistance in the removal of derelict vessels. This opportunity is available for statewide derelict vessel removal funding assistance to city, county and state governmental agencies. All vessels on the application for removal funding must be entered into the Statewide Derelict Vessel Database and have a law enforcement investigation completed and approved by the investigating agency. Vessels that have not had proper notification issued to the owner with an opportunity for hearing will not be considered. Vessels with no identifiable owner will also need to meet the required notice period with the proper posting of the vessel and completion of the database file to be accepted. Please see Guidelines and Application below.



Download Printable Application and Guidelines:


FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program (Guidelines) Adobe PDF

FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program (Application) Adobe PDF




FWC Facts:
A child under the age of 6 must wear a USCG-approved Type I, II or III personal flotation device (PFD) while onboard a vessel under 26 feet that is underway.

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