It wasn’t enough that the City of Riveria Beach used the federal government to seize activist Fane Lozman’s floating home (wrongfully, I believe). Yesterday, it bought the houseboat at auction, apparently for the sole purpose of destroying it.
When Lozman’s home was being auctioned at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, a lawyer representing Riviera Beach put in the high bid to purchase the houseboat for the city. After a private citizen put in a bid for $4,000, the city’s outside attorney bid $4,100 to take ownership of the boat. Lozman was there to watch it go down.
“Show me where a city has bid on the home of a citizen,” said a none-too-pleased Lozman. “The city sent their lawyer and bid on it and now owns my floating residential structure. Why did they buy it, and on whose authority did they buy it?”