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The Marine Services Program's areas of oversight include:

 Abandoned & Derelict Vessels

Abandoned and derelict vessels can be a problem on our local waterways for many reasons. They can be hazards to navigation, create environmental impacts, and detract from the boating experience. This situation is not unique to Lee County. As such, investigation is the primary responsibility of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and removal is coordinated as a regional effort by the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND).

Generally speaking, a derelict vessel (DV) is a boat that cannot function under its own power; an abandoned vessel (AV) has been abandoned on or under public waters. Once law enforcement suspects a boat to be derelict or abandoned, they begin an investigation. Every effort is made to contact the last known registered owner and hold the responsible parties accountable before expending any public funds for removal. If they are unable to find the owner and have the owner remove the vessel, it is turned over to WCIND contractors for removal.

​​An average of 60 abandoned or derelict vessels are removed from Lee County waters every year.  Many of these vessels are navigation or environmental hazards and require rapid removal.  Less serious vessels may sit for long periods of time while investigations are completed or funds are used for higher priority removals.

Selling your boat? Protect yourself!

The last known registered owner of a vessel is legally responsible for it. By supplying the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) a completed form HSMV 82050 you are protecting yourself from future legal problems. This form notifies the DMV of the sale and allows them to update its database to reflect the title as “sold”, thereby relieving you of legal responsibility.

Click on the following link to view or print form HSMV 82050:

Then submit this form to the tax collector’s office or click here for more information:

 Artificial Reefs


Lee County, Florida is a special, sunny place that sits along the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Just beyond our white-sand beaches, a network of artificial reefs provide diving, snorkeling, boating and fishing opportunities for residents and visitors of Southwest Florida.

Lee County has had an active artificial reef program since the early 1990's.  Grants from federal, state, and private sources helped create a range of recreational opportunities from inshore to the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico.

Artificial Reefs Natural Treasures​​

 Artificial Reefs in Lee County provide a variety of destinations and opportunities. You can get a copy of the Artificial Reef Guidebook by contacting the Natural Resources Division by email or calling 239-533-8109.

Chris Koepfer’s ARC
‘The Mount’ is located at  26° 24.721’N  -82° 24.747’W and consists of more than 1,000 tons of concrete structures that were stacked to achieve relief of approximately 17’. The reef was funded by The Sport Fish Restoration Program and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission utilizing funds that come from purchasing a saltwater fishing license. Materials were generously donated by The City of Cape Coral, Haskins Inc., and Coastal Precast of Florida. 
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Lee County has created 3 other artificial reefs recently. Two at Dean Hicks; East Patch (26° 22.045’N -82° 17.121’W) and West Patch (26° 22.043’N -82° 17.464’W) and our newest site, Phoenix has its first deployment (26° 45.582’N -82° 28.443’W) thanks to the Coastal Conservation Association.  

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Mohawk Mem Reef Logo.jpgThe USCGC Mohawk WPG-78, launched in 1934, retired to its final resting place in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday July 2, 2012.

The ship, which had been docked in Fort Myers Beach for preparation, was towed some 30 miles off of Sanibel Island before being scuttled in 90 feet of water by six strategically placed charges meant to allow it to rest upright.

The 165-foot vessel played a part in World War II combat operations, serving U.S. Naval forces in the North Atlantic; during the war the ship was named the USS Mohawk CGC.

In order to ensure no negative environmental impacts from its aging equipment, experts cleaned and prepared the ship prior to sending it on its last voyage. The USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef is the first military ship artificial reef to be a dedicated memorial to all U.S. veterans.

For the latest Mohawk information:

You can find GPS coordinates to Lee County and other Florida artificial reef sites at

If you have a compatible GPS, you can download the reef waypoint file in  GPX format for your use. Note this is in decimal degrees format. 

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Beach Management

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