By Lary Persily
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

Wrangell's port commission recommends mandatory insurance for boat owners


January 11, 2024

WRANGELL — The port commission has recommended to the Wrangell Borough Assembly approval of an ordinance that would require owners who moor their vessels at a reserved spot in Wrangell harbors to either provide proof of marine insurance or pay a monthly surcharge on their moorage fee.

Officials have been considering since 2022 adding the new requirement to municipal code to help shield the borough from the cost of raising and disposing of boats that sink in the harbors.

“The cost of recovering sunken vessels has significantly increased, and the community can no longer afford to subsidiz...

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