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City mulls dock change
Eight months after the shrimp boat Bossy Betty sank at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, city officials are discussing changes to Brunswick's dock ordinance to protect the municipality from similar situations.

Others have sunk at the park or just up river from the facility in the past.

Code Enforcement Officer Len Schmauch recommended revisions that would change the language of the ordinance as city officials continue to discuss future usage of the dock.

"(The ordinance) needs to be cleaned up... and the property bond and insurance is not enough," Schmauch said.

Retrieving the most recent sunken boat from the bottom of the East River cost the city $27,000 in reallocated funds, so protecting the city from being responsible for the removal of abandoned or sunken vessels is important, Schmauch said.

"The insurance bond is our main concern," said City Manager Bill Weeks. "We want to make sure that boaters don't show us proof of insurance and then cancel it the next day."

City commissioners have requested the appropriate paperwork be presented and checked quarterly, but Weeks and Schmauch are recommending it be checked monthly.

"We're looking at anything we can do to review the proof of insurance," Weeks said. "We're also looking at what other (cities) have done and see how they handle issues better."

Weeks said he intends to revisit the issue at the commission's next meeting on Aug. 15.

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