High Housing Costs Are Driving Floridians To Live On Derelict Boats

Screenshot: NBC 6 South Florida on YouTube
Screenshot: NBC 6 South Florida on YouTube

In southern Florida, police are cracking down on a new environmental hazard: Derelict boats, left floating just offshore, that can leak pollutants into the local waterways. Yet, the focus of the effort doesn’t seem to be the boats themselves — instead, cops are more concerned about the unhoused people living aboard.

When NBC Miami wrote up the police effort, it gave a quick nod towards why so many folks were forced to abandon landlocked housing and resort to rickety old boats for shelter: The rising cost of living. Yet, those few words do little to explain just how dire the housing situation really is in Martin County.

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