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Vandals may have sunken boat in Navarre
NAVARRE -- The sunken boat on Navarre Causeway may have been sunk again over the weekend by vandals. The boat was floated Sunday and was sunk again by Monday morning. The view in front of Juana's has changed once again the sunken boat has only moved a few feet, but Florida Fish and Wildlife officers say if it's not removed from the water soon the owner could face charges.
Lisa Burnett said, "It looked like Gilligan's Island and I don't mean that in a disrespectfully to the area. But it was a little bit of an eyesore to see that."
The boat has been legally anchored in the same spot for the past two years. It has been sunk several times. FWC investigators say vandals may be to blame. The boat has had holes drilled in the side and when it was floated Sunday. The bilge pump and batteries were missing.
FWC Officer Howard Jones said, We have reason to believe that it may have been vandalism, but that's not confirmed at this point."
Sunday the owner had the boat floated....
"He had the big balloons I think they were gold and he was trying to float it up and there were a couple of boats out there and they were trying to get it up," said Jones.
But come Monday morning it was once again under water. The boat has officially been declared a derelict vessel. FWC officers are working with the owner Jeremiah Shastid, but if it's not removed from the state waters he could face misdemeanor charges.
"Its just like the home you live in if it's vandalized you need to take care of it a boat is just the same."
Officer Howard Jones said he spoke to Shastid and he said he plans to have the boat floated and moved soon.
"Hopefully the boat will be moved in a few days. He has a new owner located who is prepared to take the boat off the waters owned by the state."
Owner of Juanas Beach Bar said they won't miss the view of the sunken boat... But their main concern is still safety.
Kevin Rudzki said, The biggest thing will be keeping the people from jumping off of it. That seems to be its biggest attraction."
We tried to reach the owner -- but were not successful. If you do get on the boat you could be charged with trespassing.