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Statute: 12:7C-2

Any such abandoned flat-bottomed boat, barge, scow or raft which is moored, grounded, or otherwise attached or fastened to or upon any public land or waterway or to or upon any private property in violation of section 1 of this act shall be seized and forfeited to the municipality in which such violation occurred; provided, however, that said forfeiture shall not become effective until the municipality shall cause written notice of the pendency thereof to be sent to the last known address of the owner of such vessel and shall further cause a copy thereof to be posted upon said vessel stating that unless the vessel is removed within 72 hours of the posting of the notice forfeiture shall occur. The forfeiture provisions of this section shall not apply to innocent owners, nor shall they affect the rights of a holder of a valid lien. After a period of at least 90 days has elapsed from the date of forfeiture, the municipality may sell such abandoned flat-bottomed boat, barge, scow or raft at auction in a public place, after giving notice of such sale by certified mail to the owner, if his name and address be known, and to the holder of any security interest, and by publication at least 5 days before the date of sale in one newspaper circulating in the municipality in which such abandoned flat-bottomed boat, barge, scow or raft is to be sold. L.1969, c. 264, s. 2, eff. Jan. 9, 1970.

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