Water-Related News

67 electric scooters recovered from Hillsborough River

A team of divers spent their Monday morning on the Tampa Riverwalk fishing out debris.

TAMPA – Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful organized a team of volunteers, including divers, to remove electric scooters from the Tampa Riverwalk.

They weren't entirely sure how many they'd find when the divers went in.

"I'm not sure we knew what would come up," said Al Antolik, the trash-free water manager with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. "We knew there were some in here, I never thought it'd be [more than] 60."

It took a few trips, but in total, 67 scooters, a bike, a street sign and a canoe were recovered from a 300-yard stretch of the Riverwalk.

Three divers and three line handlers were worn out after a few hours of diving. The electric scooters weigh upward of 20 pounds and many of them were covered in barnacles.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful covers the expenses of recovering the scooters. That includes finding volunteer divers, filling the boat with gas and the hours it takes for these projects to take place.