September 14, 2006
Rumor: The Escambia Co. Sheriff Office has scuttled its marine patrol. It’s two boats are in the fenced lot next to office buildings. The boats cost about $35,000 each.
Why have these once heralded parts of Sheriff Ron McNesby crime-fighting arsenal been put out of commission?
Poor maintenance. One boat hadn’t been taken out of the water for weeks. It’s engine prop and bottom are covered wiht barnacles. It blew its engine because they forget to put oil in it.
Rather than have to show repair bills that reveal how poorly the boats were maintained, the ESCO has halted the marine patrol program.