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Florida man loses court battle in floating-home destruction

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A South Florida man who two years ago won a U.S. Supreme Court case over the difference between a floating home and a vessel lost a legal battle against the city of Riviera Beach.

A federal jury last week sided with the city, rejecting Fane Lozman's argument that the city seized and destroyed his floating home in retaliation for his frequent comments at city meetings in violation of free speech rights, according to the Associated Press.

Lozman had hoped to be repaid for the value of his home after the Supreme Court sided with him in saying his floating abode was a home and not a boat. The Supreme Court decision essentially found that Riviera Beach wrongly seized the structure under U.S. maritime law because not everything that floats can be considered a vessel.

Lozman sought compensation for his loss in the latest lawsuit.

“It’s a vindication for the city,” City Attorney Pamala Ryan told the Palm Beach Post. “No matter what happens in the future, at least nine members of the community looked at all the facts and looked at everything that’s been done since Mr. Lozman started his reign of terror and said to the city, ‘You’ve done nothing wrong.’ ”

Lozman told the AP that he intends to appeal once again.

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