Armed Boat

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A new armed boat will be patrolling the Port of Palm Beach and offshore.

The sheriff's office is getting a 30-foot boat with mounted machine guns for homeland-security patrols.

Mounted machine guns are a first for the sheriff's office.

A US Department of Homeland Security grant paid for the $160,000 cost of the boat and equipment. It's helping to finance security increases at several Florida ports.

The state is also adding a new boat of its own at the Port of Palm Beach as well as two boats each at Port Everglades and the Port of Miami.

Brett Norton of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said machine guns are necessary when stopping suspicious ships entering Florida waters.

The sheriff's boat is expected to be delivered in February or March.