Protect Seattle's Houseboats
  • Petitioned Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn

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Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn

Protect Seattle's Houseboats

    1. Kevin Bagley
    2. Petition by

      Kevin Bagley

      Seattle, WA

Current and proposed regulations by the Department of Planning and Development endanger the existence of Seattle Houseboats. Seattle's houseboat community is an historic part of Seattle, serves to protect life, property and the lake environment, pays City, County and State Taxes, and promotes tourism and other business that support jobs in Seattle.
Vague wording in existing regulations are being used and twisted by City Attorneys to litigate at great cost against people who live on houseboats. These people are now forced to try to protect their home and investment in costly court battles. New Proposed Regulations are even more vague and subject to interpretation.
By signing this petition you are encouraging the Seattle City Council and Mayor McGinn to:
support the alternative wording for Grandfathering existing live-aboard vessels on Seattle waters - Specifically, replace the section requiring vessels to be "Designed and Used for Navigation" with "Any vessel, as defined by Section 3 of Title 1 of the United States Code"
support the alternative wording for allowing live-aboard use on New vessels to be changed removing subjective, confusing wording and to remove unnecessary constraints on live-aboard vessels
remove the unenforced and prejudicial requirement forcing (34) House-Barges to contain grey water while allowing all other live-aboard vessels (hundreds if not thousands) to continue to discharge grey water overboard. NOTE: Black water is always contained and pumped out by service vessels and conveyed to proper sewer systems.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. 100 Signatures in 3 days!

      Kevin Bagley
      Petition Organizer

      Let's see if we can get to 1000 signatures. Re-Tweet - Re-Post, Re-send!
      Thank you SOOOOO much for your support! Keep Seattle Houseboats safe!

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. City Council to Hear Public Comment

      Kevin Bagley
      Petition Organizer

      On October 15th at 5:30 pm at the Seattle City Council chambers, public comment will be heard in regard to the proposed regulations affecting Houseboats. There is strength in numbers and we appreciate everyone who can make time in their busy lives to support a great cause. Seattle Houseboats needs your help! Visit www.lakeunionliveaboard.com for more information!

    5. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Whitney Thomas SEATTLE, WA
      • 12 months ago

      A pointless law that only accomplishes to hurt an underrepresented few and does little to nothing to mitigate water pollution of Lake Union.

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    • Lynne Reister SEATTLE, WA
      • 12 months ago

      I live in a houseboat and want to continue to do so!

      I believe all vessels, of all types, designed to live aboard should be allowed on the lake as folks residents.

      That performance testing of any kind, for any vessel is outlandish and against the law and outside the jurisdiction of the DPD to demand; that is a function of the US Coast Guard for vessels carrying passengers for hire. The historical image and tradition of the hundreds of years of folks living in vessels in the local and all waters should be honored. That the houseboat vessels are not the trouble the environmentalist say and DPD spreads rumors about, but the host of vessel which can discharge black / sewer water unlike Houseboat vessels, which cannot.

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    • Diane Jones SEATTLE, WA
      • 12 months ago

      Seattle's houseboats are iconic. Getting rid of houseboats? Why not topple the Space Needle, too?

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    • Mary Gauthier BELLINGHAM, WA
      • 12 months ago

      My son owns a houseboat on Lake Union.

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    • John Madden ANSONIA, CT
      • 12 months ago
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