Sailboat stranded on Hollywood beach

June 13, 2018 by  

A 32-foot sailboat has wound up on a beach in Hollywood, where it has been stuck for weeks. The city would like to see the boat removed, but the issue is more complex than it seems.

The sailboat’s owner, Chad Lisi, was sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Key West late in April when the motor quit. Lisi anchored the boat, but the line broke, and the sailboat washed onto the beach at Harding Street, where it has been ever since.

Lisi could face a misdemeanor charge for abandoning the boat, but says he does not have the money for a tow. A company that handles marine salvage could chop up the boat and cart the debris to a landfill—for $10,000.

The city can assume ownership of the craft after 45 days, but that deadline is not until mid-June. Christian Lata, a spokesperson for the Hollywood Police Department, called the boat an ‘eyesore’ and said Hollywood officials want to haul it away, but have to wait until the deadline.

Lisi, who paid $1,500 for the sailboat, had plans to rebuild the vessel, which is a rare 1968 Morgan of which only 75 were built that year. Now he is ready to give it away, and has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to get the boat off the beach before the deadline.

Since situations like this can be trying for residents, officials might consider working with a flyer printing company to create a brief update letter for them.