Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storm Boat Losses at $680 Million

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storm Boat Losses at $680 Million

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Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union

Recreational boat losses from hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne totaled $680 million, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.).

While most of the losses occurred in Florida, significant damage to boats was also reported in other Gulf Coast states. The damaging effects of Hurricane Ivan reached as far north as Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Hurricane Frances was the most destructive in terms of boat losses, totaling $300 million. Ivan caused $150 million in damages, followed by Charley at $130 million and Jeanne at $100 million. The estimates do not include damage to commercial vessels, marinas and other infrastructure.

By comparison, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 caused $500 million in boat damages.

DIAZ CAPTURES SAILING TITLE

World champion Augie Diaz of Miami and crew Lisa Griffith won the recent 2004 Snipe North American sailing championship on the St. Johns River out of the Florida Yacht Club.

The three-day event attracted 45 boats from the U.S., Canada and Brazil. Finishing second was Jacksonville's Hal Gilreath and crew James Liebl, and the team of Henry Filter and Lorie Stout of Annapolis, Md., was third. Racing was canceled on the third day because of no wind.

Diaz has won the North Americans twice.

LOCAL ANGLER TAKES AWARD

For the third year in a row, an angler representing Jacksonville's Urban Pond Program has won the statewide Fujifilm Big Fish Contest.

Marquis Rackon is the latest recipient after catching a 2-pound, 5-ounce channel catfish on April 17 at Crystal Springs Fish Management Area. Rackon was participating in the Wal-mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby at the pond.

The winners of such events throughout the state are automatically entered in the Big Fish Contest.

TWO CHARGED IN SHOOTING TURKEY

Two Fort Walton Beach men have been charged after a witness reported they shot a wild turkey with a rifle in Holmes County, where turkey hunting has been closed since 1998. …

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