My friend Travis and I had to use our vacation time before September or lose it. We pondered over our travel destination for that Summer of 1977 and what we could ill-afford. 775 more words
Several years ago, the City of Riviera Beach ("the City") straddling the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Florida, "arrested" a houseboat under federal maritime law and demolished it. The homeowner, Mr. Lozano, had lived on (or in) his houseboat for more than a dozen years under a lease with the City. The City sent Mr. Lozman a number of eviction notices for deficiencies and failures to make certain payments. The federal District Court of the Southern District of Florida found the that the houseboat was a "vessel" for purposes of admiralty jurisdiction, put the vessel up for auction, the City successfully bid for the vessel and then demolished Lozman's vessel. The district court held that the houseboat met the definition of a "vessel" within the meaning of 1 U.S.C. sec. 3; accordingly, federal law applied despite the fact that the the vessel had been "indefinitely moored...."