Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Residences over water may not comply with new regulations
Proposed legislation will displace residents
We have been alarmed by the current passing of the shoreline regulations by the Seattle Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee [“Rough currents as city drafts new rules for floating houses,” NWMonday, Dec. 31]. The committee is outlawing boats that were built legally, punishing upstanding citizens that were following the laws, guidelines and other regulations laid out by the city and state at the time they built their homes.
Approximately 160 families will be thrown out of their homes as a result of the proposed legislation. We do not believe that the City Council will be serving the citizens of Seattle in a fair, just and reasonable way if it passes this legislation.
The council’s current course, without grandfathering the existing homes, will cost the taxpayers a lot of money in legal fees. The residents who are going to be directly affected will not go without a fight, and nor would anyone if a government agency was going to throw out of a home that was legally built.
We expect our elected officials to act and govern in a reasonable, conscientious, thoughtful and financially responsible manner. Please vote “no” on the current Seattle Shoreline Master Program, and rework the legislation to grandfather all existing boats that were legally built.
--Ceith and Alesa Cullens, Seattle
Environmental aspect of the law is a simple fix
Working in the Maritime Industry for many years, I know the difference between a vessel or a barge with a house built on it. There is no way a barge can qualify as a boat, no matter if they put running lights on it or an outboard, but the real issue is gray/black water discharge into the lakes. There should be zero discharge.
The law is simple. Whether you’re using phosphate-free soap or treated sewage, it should be discharged into the lake. The solution is simple, have all house boats put in holding tanks for gray/black water and have them discharge them into tank trucks. We all need to comply with the law and keep our waters clean.
--Paul Figuenick, Seattle