Ernie Boch Jr. is the proud owner of a new island. The billionaire car tycoon announced on Tuesday that he has bought Pleasure Island from Swansea.
Boch paid $850,000 for the island in June, before it was auctioned off, according to WBZ NewsRadio.
The island, which spans 4.25 acres and is only a few hundred meters from the mainland, has a long history. According the news from the fall river herald. But it has been closed for more than a decade, with fences surrounding the point of land of the few buildings.
Pleasure Island has been the subject of multiple disputes over its owner. One such dispute involved a property manager claiming that a local Selectmen were personally targeting him in retaliation for not giving a job to his daughter, the Herald News reported. Another dispute went to court in 2012, with a three-judge panel ruling in favor of Costa Management.
The island is connected to the mainland by a small wooden bridge near Ocean Grove Avenue. Local officials have long been concerned about the safety of the bridge.
Boch told reporters this week that he had no specific plan for the property, but that his first priority was to fix the bridge.
“Hopefully by the time I fix the bridge, I’ll have formulated what I want to do,” he told WJAR.
Boch added that he doesn’t plan to revive Pleasure Island’s party ways, opting instead for something that will be targeted at a quiet public space.
“From what I understand, they had some issues with noise. And I don’t want to do that. I want neighborhood buy-in, city buy-in,” Boch told WBZ NewsRadio .
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