Seattle Could Ban New Houseboats

The city has hundreds of houseboats on its waterways, but new shoreline regulations could prohibit any new houseboats.
August 1, 2010, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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Some in the houseboat community feel threatened.

"City planners have drafted rules that would ban new houseboats, limit development, and demote the preferential water-use status currently enjoyed by floating homes.

That of course comes as worrisome news to Seattle's eclectic, tight-knit community of 500 or so houseboaters, many of whom see the rules as the latest browbeating from landlubbers.

'We feel like we've been clamped down on more and more and more,' said Amalia Walton of the Seattle Floating Homes Association. "

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Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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