Toms River Mayor Orders Recovery of Sunken Boat; Owner ‘Unavailable to Take Care of Boat’ Due to Being in Prison [PHOTOS]

An abandoned sunken boat in Toms River drew quite a bit of attention, not just from nearby boat and homeowners, but from local officials.

The boat spotted mostly sunken in a lagoon is owned by David Giordano of Toms River. However, officials say “Mr. Giordano is not available to take care of the boat and it sunk in the lagoon last year.”

It turns out Giordano wasn’t “available” to care for the boat because he’s in prison – for various offenses.

The storm in early January pushed the sunken boat further into the lagoon and it hindered passage in the waterway, officials told TLS. “The NJ State Police refused to remove it and the mayor felt it was necessary to remove the vessel before It damaged nearby properties and bulkheads.”

Mayor Rodrick ordered its removal.

“If we wait for the state to clear the waterway, we will be waiting for months or years,” Rodrick stated. “My administration took immediate action and will be putting a lien against the home that it broke loose from.”

The boat was towed and is currently in storage at a boat yard.


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  1. Putting alien on the man’s home is ridiculous, this state of NJ is ravaged with the love of money, money, money. The man is in prison for heaven sake, give someone a break. Not saying I side with the man but he is incarcerated. Geez, Fines upon fines, tolls upon tolls, never enough for money hungry NJ. I don’t know if other states are like this state but it was never like it is now.

    • It’s not a money grab. The lien is to ensure the cost for the removal of the boat will be paid by the owner (who has let the boat and house fall into disrepair for years) and not the township’s taxpayers.

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