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Fane Lozman's Houseboat Case Going to The U.S. Supreme Court

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One word describes Fane Lozman perfectly: Pugnacious. Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the ex-U.S. Marine pilot's appeal that the City of Riviera Beach unlawfully removed his "floating home." Last year, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Lozman's complaint, in which he argued his "floating home" is not a house boat because it does not meet the federal maritime law definition of a "vessel."

But Lozman -- whose junkyard dog-style of political activism has been chronicled extensively in Miami New Times and our sister publication in Broward -- hired noted Stanford University law professor Jeffrey Fisher to take his appeal to the highest court in the land. "Winners never quit and quitters never win," Lozman says. "I'm grateful U.S. Supreme Court decided this case is important to consider."

Since his "floating home" was destroyed three years ago, Lozman bought a bigger one and returned to North Bay Village, where he helped city residents expose former Mayor Corina Esquijarosa, who resigned amid scandal this past November. Lozman says there are several differences between a "floating home" and a houseboat. For instance, he notes, he paid property taxes on his sea-based abode while the owner of a house boat doesn't have to. 

We first chronicled the 50-year-old software developer's exploits in 2002, when his efforts to get a wheel chair ramp installed at a North Bay Village marina turned into an epic take down of a city commissioner. From his two-story "floating home," Lozman -- a self-made millionaire -- went on to wreck the careers of three more North Bay Village politicians and a police chief.

After Hurricane Wilma destroyed the city's house boat marina, Lozman sailed to Riveira Beach in Palm Beach County, where his firebrand style of political activism torched that city's elected leaders. After successfully suing the city in 2006 to stop the marina's $2.4 billion redevelopment and evicting him and other tenants, Lozman refused to sign a new dockage agreement with Riveira Beach, which led to the towing of his "floating home."

Lozman believes the city violated his first amendment rights when it towed his "floating home" and all his possessions in 2009 from the city's marina as retaliation for stopping the redevelopment project.  

"If I win my appeal, I'm going back to the Riviera Beach marina," he says. "They'll learn not to mess with Fane Lozman."

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8 comments
Fedup
Fedup

I have known this "man" for over 8 years and watched his antics like you watch a train wreck unfold in front of your eyes.  He is a pathological liar and evil to the core.  If he is a self-made millionaire, then I am Donald Trump.  He is vindictive and craves attention, like any self-loathing insane individual.  On a good day, he has the maturity of a toddler.  My biggest issue with the nonsense over his BOAT is that this is wasting my tax payer dollars.  Fane, please do us all a favor -  grow up and slink back into the gutter you crawled out of.  We are all so very tired of your ridiculous attempts to become famous and newsworthy.  You will never be famous or even infamous.  Now go away little boy!  We have more important things to do with our time. 

SweetHomeSweet
SweetHomeSweet

Mr. Lozman,We have several beautiful marinas in Miami Beach and the Citizens welcome you with open arms. Here, you could chomp your teeth on crooked tow truck company, event ticket extortion, hundreds of no-bid contracts, misappropriated city grants, Building Dept and Parking Dept bribes, PAL thievery, Police debauchery.    In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming court case.

Investigate this
Investigate this

Fane Lozman and the award winning blogger Al Crespo should both live on house boats at the marina next to City of Miami City Hall. Between the two of them maybe a few mayors and corrupt city officials will go to jail?

Small minded corrupt pols
Small minded corrupt pols

Miami is a small corrupt town. It's many corrupt elected officials could use a good spanking.

ricko
ricko

he doesnt do big towns

Welcome to Miami
Welcome to Miami

I wish he would float his "floating home/houseboat" to the Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove to take on local corrupt commissioner Marc Sarnoff. Fane Lozman vs Marc Sarnoff. Another story for New Times

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