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Huge $30K floating dock stolen from Hillsborough River

Posted: 2:36 PM, Oct 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-01 22:00:59Z

A Tampa nonprofit is out more than $30,000 after they discovered someone stole their giant floating dock that sat along the Hillsborough River.

An aerial photo shows the 50 foot floating dock that is owned by the Stewards Foundation that teaches students and youth how to row in the Tampa area. 

The board's president, Tom Feaster, sent a letter to the parents of the rowing team and board members on Monday that read in part,

These docks at The Palm River Site were donated to The Stewards Foundation and are valued at $30,000. They were to be used at the Palm River site not only to accommodate visiting Rowing teams who train in Tampa during the winter and spring months but also for programs sponsored by The Stewards Foundation to get young people from the Inner-City on the water to learn the sport of Rowing.
 
Feaster tells ABC Action News they filed a formal police report with the Tampa Police Department, but as of now the department can't comment on an open investigation. However, because of the size of the floating docks, Feaster said this could not have been an easy task.
 
The nonprofit is hoping to draw attention to the images of the large floating docks in hopes someone may recognize them. However, Feaster said he fears they may be out of the Tampa area and will be too hard to track down. 
 
Feaster said the rowing team is taking a big hit right now as they are in their Autumn season, and depend on the docks to get their rowing shells into the Hillsborough River.
 
If you have any information you're asked to call the Tampa Police Department.