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Captain John makes last-ditch effort to save his ship

Posted by Derek Flack / January 4, 2014

Captain Johns TorontoJohn Letnik won't set sail without a fight, as the embattled owner of the eponymous Captain John's has launched a $1.2 million counter lawsuit against the Toronto Port Authority in an effort to prevent his ship from being sent to salvage.

Back in June 2012, the Toronto Port Authority rescinded the floating restaurant's lease and the City of Toronto turned off its water supply on account of the (well) over $500,000 Letnik owed in unpaid rent and back taxes. In October of 2013, city council voted to evict the Captain from his ship.

Letnik claims that the TPA's refusal to grant a long term lease to the ship has undermined his ability to sell it, a point which is backed up by the fact that a Vaughan tycoon did make a bid for the ship, but refused to close the deal in the absence of a long term lease being offered on the slip where the Jadran is docked.

Before one thinks that Letnik's lawsuit will hold water, however, it's worth noting that according to the Toronto Star he's decided to represent himself in upcoming legal proceedings, which lends an air of farce to what otherwise sounds like at least a rational case. So the Captain fights on, furiously bailing his ship single-handedly.

Photo by endekl in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Dan / January 4, 2014 at 11:04 am
That place is disgusting and the Captain should be ashamed of himself.
Sean / January 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
His restaurant signs are misleading. The city should fine him for false advertising. The city should fine him for not clearing his walkway of snow and ice.
Jelena / January 4, 2014 at 11:10 am
It's "Jadran", not "Jardan".
Zubair / January 4, 2014 at 11:10 am
Poor guy. I feel for him.
Pilot / January 4, 2014 at 11:22 am
I grew up seeing this ship and only thought of it as a monstrosity that is literally sitting there and doing nothing except rust and ruin Toronto's waterfront. The "Captain" shouldn't be granted a long term lease at least until Toronto develops a proper development plan for the waterfront - and since he hasn't payed his bills in years he wont be able to last financially until this plan is made (which might or might not grant long term lease for the area in the end anyway). I say that POS should be removed.
CW / January 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Guy hasn't paid his bill and he wants more. The lease is up and nobody owes him or his failed business anything.
Mike / January 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm
Get rid of this ship we need more condos!
JS / January 4, 2014 at 01:09 pm
So, my comment about proofreading is deleted? Presumably by an author that is too prideful to admit that he did a sloppy job on this article and STILL refuses to correct the mistakes. "Vaughan tycoon"? "worthing noting"? Like I stated in my previously deleted comment: A LITTLE PROOFREADING WOULD GO A LONG WAY. Pathetic.
hip / January 4, 2014 at 01:39 pm
The Captain for PM!
Faz / January 4, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Dear author Derek Flack and BlogTO, please proofread your articles before publishingt them. Thank you
Arch replying to a comment from Faz / January 4, 2014 at 05:05 pm
I've said the same thing a few times, but they just delete my comments and keep the typos in.
Derek / January 4, 2014 at 05:34 pm
Yep, there were a few typos here. Apologies — I haven't moderated any comments, though. They should be all fixed up now. As for Faz's contribution, well, you know, I feel your pain.
linden / January 4, 2014 at 06:17 pm
can someone buy this ship and turn it into something that works and attracts crowds. It could be a museum, gallery, concert venue, something, something.This particular section of Queens Quay is very boring, somewhat isolated despite the fact it is located to the ferry and Westin Castle. I agree with previous post, with all the signs on the ship, it has this ghostlike presence.
TomRipley / January 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm
He had his chance. City Hall has much greater issues to worry about besides listening to and giving capitan john a second chance. He knows the answer - move out!
Dex / January 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm
Only way Capitain Jack succeeds is if he gets onto Rob Ford's roledex. The man (Ford) is like gold, anything he touches turns to gold and becomes front page headline news.
SP replying to a comment from Mike / January 5, 2014 at 12:04 am
Better yet...turn the ship into condos!!
StaBone / January 5, 2014 at 12:40 am
Move that boat on outta here!! As a city tax payer I'd rather have an open view of the water and across to the island instead of staring at an aging, rusting, old boat!
p / January 5, 2014 at 09:52 am
Rusted Boat for Mayor!
The Admiral / January 5, 2014 at 09:55 am
Sink the Bismark!
cathie / January 5, 2014 at 10:19 am
I feel sorry for him. An old man who can't accept that his livelihood is over. But, he seem to think there's an interest in this wreck and, that there should be no repercussions from him not paying tax. The city needs to get tough and remove this thing. He's done.
D / January 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I know! Turn it into a condo!
Gabe / January 5, 2014 at 09:05 pm
Forget condos,No ones gonna buy ain a rodent infested, bug infested, rusty old boat. You want condos you can build them alot better and a lot cheaper right o that spot instead of investing in a boat that's failing and in debt.That doesn't sound like a good investment there one SKU sue!
Rick / January 6, 2014 at 11:20 am
So that moron that wanted to turn that floating rust pile into a floating luxury hotel backed off because guess what? No one whats that dilapidated eye sore docked anywhere but dry docked and dismantled for scrap.

Some people just dont have much brains to begin with I guess.
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