Eastport Yacht Center Suing City Over Housebarge Dispute: Report


The Capital reported Friday that the Eastport Yacht Center, pictured above, is suing the City of Annapolis for prohibiting its housebarge. (Google Maps)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Eastport Yacht Center is suing the City of Annapolis for prohibiting its housebarge, The Capital reported Friday. The newspaper said the Annapolis Harbormaster has fined the marina $2,600 split between seven citations since May 31.

The Capital said the 45-foot housebarge currently on a boat lift has been at the marina since March 2020 and has occasionally been rented out for short-term stays. City code says housebarges are not allowed in Annapolis waters for more than 48 hours without a permit, but housebarges are not allowed at all in maritime districts like Eastport. 

The Eastport Yacht Center can't find a permit for housebarges anywhere, The Capital said. Others think the prohibition of housebarges in maritime districts would trump the argument that a permit isn't available.

This is the second recent dispute over housebarges. 

A similar debate chased Flohom, a start-up hotel room on a housebarge, out of Annapolis waters earlier this summer. Flohom's flagship vessel is now docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Marina, and its second location is at Port Covington Marina.

Related: Boat Hotel Room Chased Out Of Annapolis, Moves To Baltimore

To learn more about the Eastport Yacht Center's lawsuit filed on June 23 and its request for a trial, read The Capital's full story

Anybody with an Anne Arundel County Public Library card can read the story by clicking here and searching "Eastport Yacht Center Sues".

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