The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is ultimately responsible for properly marking the boating restricted areas and manatee protection zones implemented under its authority. Pinellas County, under the Boating and Waterways Section within the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (Ch. 327.40 Florida Statutes), has been granted approval to place safety, regulatory, informational and navigation markers in, on or over the waters or shores of the county.
Pinellas County's Marine Safety Unit staff continuously monitors county-owned/maintained waterway markers for maintenance and repairs.
For questions or to report missing or damaged signs/buoys, please contact the FWC at 1-866-405-BUOY (2869) or Pinellas County at (727) 453-3385.
Abandoned, At Risk or Derelict Vessels
- Initial complaints are investigated by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (850-488-4676), Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit (727-582-6200), or local municipal authorities if the vessel is in their jurisdiction.
- Notice is provided to the owner (via mail or notice on the vessel) to remove the vessel or request a hearing within 21 days.
- If the vessel is not removed or a hearing requested within the 21-day period, Pinellas County's Marine Safety Unit receives a Derelict Vessel Removal Authorization.
- A contractor will then be dispatched to remove the vessel.
Abandoned, At Risk or Derelict Vessels are a concern for the boating public in the State of Florida. Pinellas County has a program to remove these vessels, but there is a specific process that must be followed prior to removal:
For more information, visit FWC Derelict, Abandoned & At Risk Vessels .