Police to revive marine patrol unit

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The Clearwater (Fla.) Police Department is bringing back a marine patrol unit about 20 years after the boating-heavy community got rid of one.

The city had a marine unit until the late 1980s, a police department official said.

"And the scope got way out of hand and we ended up with a 28-footer with triple [outboard engines] on it and it had excessive fuel bills, maintenance costs, etc."

The new boat, a Contender 23 Open will be powered by a single Yamaha F250 engine.

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