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Boats Being Removed, Taxpayers Paying Bill

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

The stranded boats in Jarvis Creek will soon be just a memory.

Last summer two shrimping boats got stuck in the creek and have been there ever since, that is until the town of Hilton Head stepped in this week and began removing them according to Scott Liggett, director of public projects.

"We last fall, had declared the boats abandonded.They posed a public nuisance, so at this point, we are trying to abate that nuisance from the environment."

But not everyone thought the boats were an eye sore.

"I kind of think they bring a little character to the area because we don't have anything like that, the area is so clean, and clutter free," said David Hicks.

But he understands the threat that poses to the water.

"Eventually they are going to start causing problems because they are going to start breaking apart and cluttering the actual creek bed and float out and fall apart."

The operation is going to take an estimated 40 days to complete and more importantly, cost taxpayers nearly $158,000. But Hicks says folks like him shouldn't be footing the bill.

"I didn't crash the boats, I didn't sink the boats."

Town officials say something needed to be done because the boats were becoming a liability.

"Earlier in the fall we had folks clamoring up, climbing on the boats, there's concern of continued environmental threat as these boats breakup and that material float elsewhere in the waterways, So we're trying to minimize the mess associated with that, but primarily it had to do with mitigating the nuisance conditions that existed."

Officials expect the project to be completed by April 5th.

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