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State to owners of abandoned Hampton boat: Get it out, or we will
The 70-foot, would-be houseboat, named "Guest List," washed ashore in the salt marsh at the end of Tuttle Avenue in Hampton in January. It had been floating in the Hampton River since last fall, when it came loose from its mooring at Hampton Harbor Boat Works.
Now, state officials are taking action, seizing the boat and giving the Nunes' 90 days to take action.
"We consulted with the Attorney General's Office, and while we've had some cooperation and hope to continue to have cooperation, we felt it's important to take this step so we have recourse down the road should they fail to remove the vessel," he said.
Alicia Preston, whose 25 Tuttle Ave. home abuts the salt marsh where Guest List currently sits, said she's cautiously optimistic that the boat will be moved.
"If the state had any efficiency at all, they'd put an add up on Craigslist saying 'Free boat if you haul it off,' but the government can't get out of it's own way."
"I don't think they were actually partying on the boat, and I don't know if that incident is what spurred the sudden interest from the state, but the reality is that I and others have been saying that (teenagers drinking on the boat) was going to occur for four months, and it wasn't until a police report came out that they finally took notice," she said. "Three months from now, we're talking about the boat having been here for 10 months. Something should have been done long before then."
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