Toms River Mayor Daniel T. Rodrick today announced the township has contracted with USA Tow to remove a sunken and abandoned vessel that posed a threat to boaters and nearby property owners.
The sailboat which was previously docked at 333 Aldo Drive had sunk late last year, but broke loose from its mooring in early January during a storm. Nearby residents concerned with the potential hazard of an abandoned boat sunken in the channel area of the lagoon contact the township.
The lagoon sits between Aldo Drive and Maria Drive.
The township immediately contacted the New Jersey State Police who declined to take action on the matter.
Neighbors expressed concern about the sailboat and potential dangers of having an abandoned shipwreck in the lagoon and possible potential damage to nearby bulkheads.
Mayor Rodrick made the decision that the boat needed to be removed and contracted with USA Tow to safely raise and remove the boat on Friday. The boat was towed to a boat storage yard in Brick Township while township. Mayor Rodrick said the township will place a lien on the home.
Mayor Rodrick said “If we waited for the state to clear the waterway, we will be waiting for months or years. My administration took immediate action and will be putting a lien against the home that it broke loose from.”