“Plum Island is a magnificent natural resource and there is no reason it should meet an untimely demise,” he said. “It seems to me that the jetties should be rebuilt, that people should be left more creative and less restrained options to prevent erosion.”
While living on Plum Island, Ablow made headlines when he sued the owners of a barge and tugboat that washed ashore in front of his house and caused a “loss of use and enjoyment” of his property.
The barge and tugboat were sailing from Gloucester in 2002 to deliver construction equipment to the Chain Bridge, but the boats encountered rough seas and wound up ashore in front of Ablow’s home. The vessels remained for weeks afterward, where they were ripped apart by pounding waves, scattering metal fragments throughout the area.
Ablow sued three years later, reaching an out-of-court settlement with the owners of the two boats shortly before moving to his current home on Green Street in 2007.