Boca Bash dump truck identified by Florida wildlife officials

Florida wildlife officials have identified the people involved in the weekend incident in Boca Bash in which two large trash cans were thrown from a speeding boat and said prosecutors are working with the boaters' attorney to determine what happens next .

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto addressed the trash-throwing incident captured on drone video at Wednesday's commission meeting in Daytona Beach, saying the “world is watching.”

“This has become a global story,” Barreto said. “My phone broke over the weekend. Hopefully it will be a big teaching moment for everyone.”

The incident and a video showing trash being thrown over the side of the three-engine boat by cheering passengers were covered on national television newscasts and in international media reports.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers made 16 arrests during the event at Lake Boca that were unrelated to the trash incident, according to Palm Beach County court and jail records. Those arrested face charges ranging from driving under the influence to possession of a controlled substance.

Most of the defendants appeared for court hearings at the Palm Beach County Jail Annex on Monday morning, April 29, and were later released on their own recognizance, court records show.

FWC Col. Brian Smith, director of the law enforcement division, said Wednesday it was fortunate that videography company Wavy Boats was in Boca Bash to capture the incident.

“These are clearly poor decisions made by young people,” Smith said. “When the drone captured the actual amount of trash, it was significant. There was a lot of trash and a lot of plastic.”

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FWC is the lead investigative agency for the incident, but Barreto said the Coast Guard and Florida Department of Environmental Protection are involved, as well as the state attorney general's office.

“These are all youth, but we need to send a message that Florida will not tolerate this and that we want to protect our environment,” Barreto said.

He said it wasn't clear to him what action the FWC could take, but he wanted each person involved to complete at least 500 hours of community service under FWC supervision.

Boca Bash has no connection to the city of Boca Raton, but is an annual loud party held on Lake Boca the last weekend in April. The event attracts up to 6,000 to 10,000 people each year.

Palm Beach Post reporter Julius Whigham II contributed to this story.

Kimberly Miller is a journalist for The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA Today Network of Florida. She covers real estate and how growth impacts the environment in South Florida. Subscribe to The Dirt for a weekly real estate digest. If you have news tips, please send them to [email protected]. Help support our local journalism; Subscribe today.

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