Eastport Yacht Center Suing City Over Housebarge Dispute: Report
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.
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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