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Holmes Beach mayor’s boat removed

A troublesome boat in a small residential canal sunk one too many times.

A derelict vessel owned by Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti has been moved following the issuance of a written notice of violation from Holmes Beach code enforcement.

The boat in question sank twice since mid-April and the incidents were reported to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said the vessel was found to violate city ordinance May 7, and a written notice was given to Monti ordering the vessel removed within 72 hours.

Sea Tow removed the vessel May 9.

According to Tokajer, absorbent pads were used to contain contaminants leaking from the vessel into the waterway.

Monti also keeps a sailboat at his dock. The boat has no motor and, according to neighbors, has not been moved from the dock since it was observed being towed there in 2010.

Tokajer said the sailboat does not meet the description of a derelict vessel and is not in violation of any city ordinance.

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