Boat hauling route is far from direct

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A Florida columnist has suggested a protected boat haul route for Martin County to avoid tangles with power lines on local roads - and driving up the cost for both the yard and boat owner.

Rich Campbell, who writes for TCPalm.com, a news site covering Florida's Treasure Coast and Palm Beach, wrote in a column over the weekend that Brownie & Heavy Hauling, a local company in Fort Pierce, recently took seven hours to transport a 95-foot sportfishing boat from its slip in South Stuart to Hinckley Marina in Port Salerno by land.

The distance between the two local marinas is less than one mile, but the optimum route for transferring a large vessel like this is about 5.2 miles.

Unfortunately, the route involves traveling through several local roads with utility lines that interfere with the boat's transportation. Crews with Florida Power & Light Co., Comcast and AT&T moved lines and off-duty local deputies had to direct traffic.

The total cost to move the vessel, according to Campbell, was $60,000, with half the expenditure going for utilities.

Click here for Campbell's column.

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