Florida City Frustrated with Abandoned Cruise Ship

September 24, 2013

Panama City has spent tens of thousands of dollars removing dozens of derelict boats as it redevelops its waterfront. But one abandoned former luxury cruise liner is proving to be an especially difficult case.

The News Herald of Panama City reported the Florida city is having issues removing a cruise liner known as both as El Dorado and the Sun Dancer.

William Whitson of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency told the paper the problem stems from legal and regulatory issues. He said the boat has created an eyesore as the city tries to promote a new pier.

The boat’s owner has been entangled in a hurricane insurance dispute. An Arkansas bank also has an interest in the vessel.

Whitson says the boat will be removed, the question is when.

Latest Comments

  • September 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    Icarr says:
    Yep, that photo is of the Duke of Lancaster, a railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979, and is currently beached near Mostyn Docks, on the Riv... read more
  • September 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    fact checker says:
    Wow. Someone did not do their homework. http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/unsightly-ship-vexes-city-1.205271 wrong boat, wrong picture, wrong facts. Ugh
  • September 26, 2013 at 1:27 am
    Phucker@macduff-fla.com says:
    Hmmmn.... pretty sure that pic is the wrong vessel?
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