Even After Supreme Court Win, Floating House Owner Continues Legal Fight
On remand, he asked Dimitrouleas for compensation and living expenses of $267,497 plus sanctions of $271,318 to be split by himself and the clerk of courts.
With the questioned referred to Snow, she cited the 2009 maritime survey in denying Lozman's requests Feb. 10, recommending he get paid only $7,500 for the seized property.
"It's a slap in the face of Supreme Court that you are still trying to argue this is a vessel," Lozman said. "I'm angry. I won a good fight, and they are still making me jump through hoops and punishing me."
Lozman said Snow wrongfully adopted the maritime survey in estimating reimbursement. He said the surveyor was picked by Riviera Beach over his objections five years ago.
The compensation dispute is not the only Lozman case in federal court. He is still pursuing a civil rights complaint against Riviera Beach as well.
Last month, Lozman agreed to drop seven city commissioners from the lawsuit in exchange for being allowed to amend his complaint against the city for targeting him for speaking out against redevelopment efforts.
Lozman said Dimitrouleas said in open court that he is due compensation for both his living expenses and his destroyed home. Dimitrouleas ordered the vessel surveyor's report five years ago when the houseboat was seized by federal marshals.
"I want to hold the judge to what he said and not some fantasy this surveyor has come up with," Lozman said. "The Supreme Court ruled my home was not a vessel. It is ludicrous to then value my home with a vessel surveyor's opinion."