Migrants in massive numbers try to reach Florida. What happens to their abandoned boats?

February 04, 2023

As of January, the total number of active cases in the FWC’s derelict vessel database surpasses 1,000. The fate of an abandoned vessel depends on where it washes up, if it does at all. “Abandoned vessels under Mass Migration EO 23-03 are not your problem,” the tweet read, referring to the order. Sklute, the FWC spokesperson, did not say whether the agency is prioritizing the removal of migrant vessels over other boats. The governor also has hinted that he might try to get the federal government to pay for the migrant vessel removals.