Staying Afloat in Lake Union

I would love to perform every home inspection on a houseboat. Why?…Going to work everyday on the Lake would not be such a bad thing! Want to own a unique piece of real estate? Now may be the time to buy! The Washington State Department of Ecology is pestering Seattle to update the Shoreline Master Program to include stricter guidelines that would prevent “overwater residences” from harming aquatic wildlife. The Seattle Floating Homes Association conducted their own study and found that the floating homes had little effect on salmon’s well-being because the fish don’t come near their shores. There should be a compromise set in place. Seattle PI reported there are about 500 houseboats left in Seattle today that’s considerably down from the 2,000 inhabited in the 1930s. As we all find the Seattle houseboats to be endearing snapshots heritage and novelty, the aquatic life should not be compromised. I hope we find a solution that will not sacrifice either party.

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