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Old 09-13-2003
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Boot Key Harbor Marathon Florida

The reason the vessel was seized;

Point one... I will give the reason; however, the reason is not the issue. The City of Marathon seized the vessel without due process and inviolation of Florida Statues. Yes they should have the right to take action; however, in taking action, they still must follow both Florida Law (705.102) and the Bill of Rights, to Due Process.

Point two... the City of Marathon is putting in a new mooring field. The vessel that was seized, happened to be in the area of the new field, and they wanted it moved.
There were no fees due on the vessel and according to Florida Law, the vessel had not been declared abandoned by any sworn officer.

This is now becoming common place in Marathon. Next months issue of "South Winds" reflects a story where the city says they made a mistake in boarding vessels illegally.
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