Town of Babylon unveils online 'Wall of Shame' for boat abandoners

The Town of Babylon is looking to shame people online who abandon boats and avoid proper disposal.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2019, 11:36 PM

Updated 1,843 days ago

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The Town of Babylon is looking to shame people online who abandon boats and avoid proper disposal.
Officials unveiled the "Abandoned Boat Wall of Shame" section on the town's website that features photos of abandoned vessels in an effort to track down their owners and issue fines. There's also information about where and when the boat was found.
Patrick Farrell, deputy commissioner of Public Safety, says it costs $5,000 for the town to pick up each abandoned boat and properly dispose of it, and taxpayers foot the bill.
Farrell says the wall of shame uses the element of embarrassment to deter boat dumping.
The town is increasing surveillance at boat ramps by adding cameras to Venetian Shores Park in Lindenhurst and Tanner Park Marina in Copiague.
Paul Sanpaolo is a volunteer with Operation Splash, which cleans Long Island's bays and waterways. He says the abandoned boats create safety and environmental hazards.
Anyone caught dumping a boat faces a fine of up to $1,000.


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