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Tampa evicting 80 boats moored in Davis Islands basin

Tampa evicting 80 boats moored in Davis Islands basin

TAMPA — City officials have told 80 boat owners they have to hoist anchor and leave the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin, where some have been tied to illegal moorings for years.

Tampa Police Departments’ marine division issued 45 warnings Monday, placing large orange stickers on the boats tied up in the basin. Another 35 got similar warnings on Nov. 14, said TPD spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

The action comes after the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which controls Peter O. Knight Airport on the island, asked the city to clear the 35 boats blocking the airport’s seaplane corridor.

The remaining boats have been asked to move until the city can create a formal, legal mooring field similar to one on the waterfront at St. Petersburg.

“We can’t even begin the process until the basin is cleared,” McElroy said.

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