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Florida Keys Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP)
Richard Jones
Senior Administrator
Marine Resources Office
Ph: (305) 289-2805
Marathon Govt Center
2798 Overseas Hwy.
Suite 420
Marathon, FL. 33050
Phone: (305) 289-2500
Fax: (305) 289-2536
Sailboat Boat Lifted Out of Water With Tow Truck

Next Application Period: To Be Anounced

The Florida Keys Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) is a pilot program designed to reduce the number of derelict vessels within our public waters. It provides an opportunity for vessel owners lacking financial means to properly dispose of their ‘end-of-life’ vessel at no cost to the owner. If the vessel owner meets the eligibility requirements and is approved to participate in a VTIP disposal event, Monroe County will pay for the cost of removal and disposal of the vessel*. The VTIP Program provides an alternative to vessel owners who may otherwise consider vessel abandonment as well as protecting the owner from additional costs and liability should the vessel become derelict.


  1. Vessel owner submits application along with required documentation to the Monroe County Marine Resources Office.

  2. Application is reviewed to determine eligibility and vessel documentation is verified.

  3. Approved participants are contacted and provided information on removal/disposal procedures and instructions for preparation of the vessel.

  4. Vessel owner surrenders vessel title, signs a release for disposal form, and completes a VTIP survey.

  5. Vessel is removed from the water by Monroe County and taken to a waste transfer station for disposal.

*based on funding availability
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Presentation 1 - Derelict Vessel Overview
Presentation 2 - VTIP Overview
July 18th Key West Public Meeting Video

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This program is funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, by a grant provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA16NOS4190120. The views, statements, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or any of their subagencies.

Monroe County
1100 Simonton Street
Key West FL, 33040