Ansonia officials: Please come get your boat behind City Hall

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ANSONIA - Mayor David Cassetti leans on a boat city officials said was left abandoned in a public lot behind city hall.

ANSONIA — Mayor David Cassetti leans on a boat city officials said was left abandoned in a public lot behind city hall.

Contributed / City of Ansonia

ANSONIA — Would the owner of the white motorboat parked behind city hall please move their vehicle?

City officials are trying to locate the owner of a small powerboat left on a trailer in a public lot.

A post on the city’s Facebook page Friday said the boat had been abandoned.

“Ahoy Ansonia residents! Captain Cassetti wants to know: is this your boat?” the post read. It included a photo of Mayor David Cassetti leaning gleefully on the port bow.

“Maybe her crew got lost on their way to Ansonia’s new Lighthouse Park on the Riverwalk and ended up shipwrecked?” the post reads.

Connecticut law allows property owners — including municipalities — to assume ownership of abandoned boats from their absent owners. The legal process involves a claim made through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, but it was not immediately clear Friday whether the city would go through that process.

City officials first noticed the boat in the lot on Monday, but believe it may have previously been located in the parking lot of a bank nearby.

John Paul Marini, the city’s corporation counsel, said the boat was issued a ticket which “typically” results in a tow. If it’s towed and impounded at the city’s public works department, authorities would look up the registration to find the boat’s owner.

The boat’s Connecticut registration number appears to be visible in the photo posted to the city Facebook page.

“This is the first time we have dealt with an abandoned boat on city property,” Marini said.