Seattle cracks down on houseboat-like boats - seattlepi.com
For months, the city has been updating its shoreline rules, guided by a policy that takes a dim view of living on water. It's believed that floating homes are bad for salmon and other aquatic life, and that they diminish public access to shorelines.
Already, the city has proposed a ban on new houseboats. But the latest draft would also ban new boats that masquerade as floating homes, and would impose some environmental rules on existing ones. That's causing angst among Seattle's eclectic community of liveaboards who bob on the city's lakes and bays.
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This is a bit arcane for me. I never saw "Sleepless in Seattle." There seem to be differences between "house barges" and "floating homes." Thanks to Mystery Reader, who also helpfully supplied this irreverent blog post that explains it.