PRESS RELEASE: May 5, 2014
ABANDONED BOATS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE TOMS RIVER, CONTINUED BEAUTIFICATION PROGRESS
Officials in the Borough of South Toms River are happy to announce that due to a collaborative effort, both the Navy Admiral steel tugboat and 41’ abandoned, wooden yacht are now in the process of being removed from the Toms River.
The Borough of South Toms River recently solicited proposals to remove both boats along the shoreline of Crabbe Road and along the Mathis Veterans Memorial Park (previously known as Mathis Plaza but renamed last year to honor the memory of our veterans particularly our Submarine Vets). The company providing the removal services is Allied Recycling of Mount Holly, New Jersey, and the total cost is expected to be only $11,750. “Other quotes were expecting to be more than twice the awarded amount, and the Borough is in the process of requesting financial assistance from the Department of Environmental Protection to alleviate this cost completely,” stated Borough Administrator, Joseph Kostecki.
“As a graduate of Vermont Law School, protecting the environment is my passion. This is why upon being sworn in as mayor in 2011, with the support of councils, one of my first act was to establish the environmental commission. Soon thereafter we began to tackle this age long problem of cleaning up our streets and clearing up our water front properties. Today, after decades, I am happy to announce the removal of the last two of many boats from our property. This victory is yet another example of our passion in restoring the health of our shore and reclaim the prestige of our little town in the league of municipalities. ” stated Mayor Joseph Champagne.
These boat removals are part of the restoration of this shore area, which also recently included sidewalk improvements in front of Mathis; a the project that was fully grant-funded through a Community Development Block Grant. The boat removal has an anticipated start date of May 12, with an anticipated completion-date of Memorial Day.
“The path to progress was long and tedious with many twists, turns and roadblocks to overcome, however we are happy to conclude this process,” stated Environmental Commission Chair, Councilman Greg Handshy.
Borough officials express appreciation to all agencies involved, including that of the South Toms River Police Department, Coast Guard, Marine Police, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection.