WAILUA — A vehicle with shattered windows and no tires was reported Friday on the beach behind Wailua Golf Course and was retrieved by the county the same day.
That vehicle is now over at Resource Recovery Solutions in Puhi and the process to dispose of it has already started. No contamination of surrounding environment was reported.
“Derelict vehicles are often towed the same day it is posted and disposal begins upon arrival to Resource Recovery Solutions,” Kauai Police Department representatives said Friday.
A photo of the black SUV with missing tires and a shattered windshield was emailed to TGI with the subject word, “Disgusting.”
Its removal brings total retrievals in 2019 to nine — at least.
More complaints have been received, but due to time constraints, the actual number of complaints for 2019 wasn’t readily available, the KPD spokesperson said.
In 2018, the KPD received about 1,089 abandoned/derelict vehicle complaints, and the department is still addressing those complaints throughout the dawn of 2019.
At least 50 of those vehicle complaints were derelict vehicles that were processed and removed from shorelines or beach areas in 2018. In addition, many abandoned vehicle complaints are resolved due to the vehicle being moved by the owner prior to tow, a KPD spokesperson said.
Once a vehicle has been posted abandoned and the 24-hour period passes, the KPD typically has the vehicle towed within the next 24 hours. Then the search starts for the vehicle’s registered owner. Within 30 days after that step, the owners are either found or the KPD disposes of the vehicle.
The state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman said their Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation does sometimes get involved in vehicle removal.
“It is the county’s responsibility to remove the vehicle if it is on the beach. If the owner does not remove the vehicle then the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation will remove it,” DLNR spokesman AJ McWhorter said.
He also said DLNR doesn’t know how many vehicles removals DOBOR was involved in on Kauai in 2018 or thusfar this year.
Jessica Else, environment reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.