Shipwreck Cleaned Up in Half the Time

Shipwreck Cleaned Up in Half the Time
Posted on 01/13/2021
The latest example of the value the Probation Services’ Work Offender Team has on our community took place last weekend in a big cleanup effort left behind by a shipwreck.  

After three Tampa commercial fishermen were rescued by the Coast Guard last Friday night about two miles west of Anna Maria Island, rough seas broke apart their abandoned 70-foot fishing vessel, littering the island’s shoreline with debris.

Probation Services’ Work Offender Team, stepped in right away early Saturday morning and worked alongside the City of Anna Maria all day to clean it up, as well as some debris that also washed ashore in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key.

The Work Offender Team ended up saving County Property Management half the time to make the beaches clean and safe again for the public. 

About the Offender Work Program: Managed by Probation Services, a division of Manatee County Neighborhood Services, the Offender Work Program provides an alternative to jail for certain crimes.  Normally, anywhere from four to 40 offenders perform ongoing maintenance services, mostly lawn care and odd jobs, for 60 Manatee County properties, which consist of parks, three abandoned cemeteries, Animal Services, Maritime Museum and the courthouse. In addition to saving daily jail costs, the Offender Work Program makes money by requiring each participant to pay $20 a day.