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Tally begins on hurricane damage to Miami boats

OCT. 28 — Hundreds of boats in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties were reportedly damaged as a result of Hurricane Wilma. Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with marine industry professionals, conducted an initial on-water survey of those areas Thursday.

“Some of them are saying it’s on par with Hurricane Andrew,” FWC spokesperson Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald. “It’s been devastating.”

Some of the hardest-hit locations include the Winston Yacht Club Marina in Sunny Isles Beach where 24 out of 50 boats are said to be damaged, the Herald reported. Only three of about 80 boats were reported to have remained afloat this week at the Grand View Palace Condominium in North Bay Village, and 85-percent of boats as well as several docks at Monty’s Marina in Coconut Grove sustained serious damage.

Other marine facilities, like the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and the Hyatt Pier 66, were largely spared, the report says.

A Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds, Hurricane Wilma crashed into Florida’s southwestern coast Monday then raced toward the state’s Atlantic coast, damaging boats, ripping off roofs, flooding streets and knocking down power lines.

— Jason Fell