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Pardon Our Mess: Abandoned boat

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 7:30 PM
Last updated Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 12:49 AM
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WHERE: Savannah River bank, just upstream from the Fifth Street bridge in North Augusta

WHAT: An abandoned, partially submerged houseboat

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The boat’s owner moved it from place to place in recent years but hasn’t been around since rising waters caused it to roll and sink at its current location, near a homeless camp, according to Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus.

ACTION TAKEN: When the boat sank, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Coast Guard assisted the Riverkeeper with removing all contaminants. But removing the wreck itself is a costly undertaking, and the Riverkeeper hopes to raise the money. “The only reason we haven’t done it yet is because we don’t have the funding to do it,” Bonitatibus said. “We are working with SCDNR to get out a big call for volunteers.”

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/13/13 - 08:25 pm
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I have to ask an admittantly

I have to ask an admittantly ignorant question....why can't they do something like garnish the owner's wages? Or arrange for the boat to be towed and dumped on the front lawn of his residence?
I would think blackmail would work.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/14/13 - 07:56 am
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I'd like to see photos of the

I'd like to see photos of the homeless camp. How many people live there and so on?

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 10/14/13 - 10:06 am
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Please excuse my ignorance on

Please excuse my ignorance on the issue, but, what is so expensive about removing the boat? Especially since all the contaminates have been removed.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 10/14/13 - 10:57 am
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ENPENSIVE
Unpublished

Anything the government gets involved in becomes way more costly than if done by private parties. Why isn't the cost of removal billed to the owners property taxes. Why would others have to pay for a derelict owner?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/14/13 - 11:02 am
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unless it has a hole in the

unless it has a hole in the hull I could retrieve that boat with a couple of people and some sundry hardware.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/14/13 - 11:08 am
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Hah!

Riverkeeper is too busy spending your dues on fomenting job-killing litigation against Savannah harbor, Plant Vogtle, etc. etc. to do any actual beautification of the river.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/14/13 - 11:33 am
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Typical Augusta

Typical Augusta. Some of us could hook up our pick-ups together and pull the thing right out. Why can't city government pull the thing out? But you know it actually looks like it could be repaired. I'd love to have it out here where I live on the upper river as a project to work on. The problem is the paper work is so screwed up, you would never straighten it out.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 10/14/13 - 11:44 am
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Why not tow it to the boat ramp at Lock and Dam and get a

tilting flat bed truck or trailer and winch it up from the water? I guess that would be too easy.

raul
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raul 10/14/13 - 12:07 pm
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May want to see if the same

May want to see if the same folks could help out with this one, too. http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-09-03/houseboat-salvage-yi...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/14/13 - 12:56 pm
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Ownership

Let's face it — this boat has an owner. He may not want the boat, he may have abandoned the boat, but he still owns it. The first thing the Riverkeeper needs to do is get the owner to sign a bill of sale document granting ownership to the Riverkeeper. Otherwise, they will be committing a crime if they tamper with the boat.

Next, what is so bad about this boat sitting on a bank of the river where a homeless camp is? It must be government land if there are squatters on it. Just leave the boat there. It will decompose into small pieces in a hundred years or so. They could have a "haunted boat" themed entertainment at it every Halloween.

countyman
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countyman 10/14/13 - 01:39 pm
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I'm laughing because somebody

I'm laughing because somebody must bring up Augusta even when it's North Augusta's responsibility.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/14/13 - 01:58 pm
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Dixieman has a new plan for this

Rename the boat the "SS Augusta/Richmond County Commission" since it is as beautiful and functional as that group.
Then, don't do anything. Like the namesake. Just let it rot away on the riverbank.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/14/13 - 02:15 pm
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I believe it's neither city's responsibility....

I think it would fall under the Corps of Engineers care.

David Parker
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David Parker 10/14/13 - 02:19 pm
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Like pushin a button.

Cost of some quik-krete and I'll make the problem disappear.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/14/13 - 02:30 pm
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Countyman, you're right

"I'm laughing because somebody must bring up Augusta even when it's North Augusta's responsibility."

Countyman, you're right. It's on the SC side. Heh.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/14/13 - 08:25 pm
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I have no basis beyond

I have no basis beyond intuition, but methinks maritime laws would say this boat is abandoned and fair game.

DarkEMT12
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DarkEMT12 10/15/13 - 04:09 pm
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Really!

Sounds like another scam the Riverkeeper's are trying to suck people into doing. I would love to see their financial books on how much money goes to things like this and what actually makes it into their own personal pockets. I think it's very interesting to know that Mrs. Bonitatibus is unlawfully certified as a Riverboat Captain and has unlawfully toured people out on the river for her own personal financial gain as quote (riverkeeper functions) without a certified business license. Do you really think that I would go out on a boat with her without her being properly licensed? Uh NO! I find it also amusing that every picture you see on the riverkeepers facebook page shows them drinking alcohol out on the river. What good deeds for the environment and showing professional attitudes they are showing the public huh? Sounds like to me that the riverkeepers are in this for political personal gain and to get what they can from whomever and the rich public suckers out here that donate to their unknown causes, just because they have more money then common sense. Just a friendly reminder to all, The RIVERKEEPERS is not part of any kind of government in the CSRA! My final questions are; What happens when all the abandoned boats are gone from the river? Are the Riverkeepers going to find other old boats along the banks and sink them so they can raise them again to prevent their organization from bankruptcy? Also where are all these boats going? Are they being added to the riverkeepers improving fleet?

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