An abandoned vessel, anchored out on Richardson’s Bay.
One of 70, on average, that are removed each year by the RBRA.
Story and photo by Teddie Hathaway
In 2008 there were 100 boats anchored in Richardson’s Bay. Since then the RBRA has removed 498 derelict or abandoned boats, at a cost of $1,281,000.
In spite of steadily removing some 70 vessels per year, there are now over 200 boats anchored out on the bay – a number that is neither sustainable nor manageable. Although some of the boats are clearly being stored in our bay by people who either can’t find a marina slip or don’t want to pay for one, 50-75 of the vessels are the homes of people who live there, either by choice or by necessity.
Various options are available to solve the issues surrounding the anchorage, issues including: health and safety, environmental, navigational, fiscal, and property damage. Because these options are contentious, the RBRA hopes a citizen advisory task force, or stakeholder committee, can work to collaboratively develop a workable plan. Unfortunately the City Council will not revisit their feelings about funding the advisory group until January.
Applications are now being accepted to join the committee. The FHA Board has designated Teddie Hathaway as their representative. But input from a wide range of groups is being sought. If you are interested in being involved, and can commit to at least 10 hours a month for meetings, committee sessions, and community outreach, you may request an application form by emailing email@example.com. The deadline to receive applications is November 30th.