By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Port commission recommends mandatory insurance for boat owners


January 10, 2024

The port commission has recommended to the borough assembly approval of an ordinance that would require owners who moor their vessels at a reserved spot in Wrangell harbors to either provide proof of marine insurance or pay a monthly surcharge on their moorage fee.

Officials have been considering since 2022 adding the new requirement to municipal code to help shield the borough from the cost of raising and disposing of boats that sink in the harbors.

“The cost of recovering sunken vessels has significantly increased, and the community can no longer afford to subsidize uninsured vessels,...

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