Boat Owners Camping Out at Palmetto Bay Marina

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What would you do if you lost your home in the storm and didn’t have the money to fix it?

Where would you go then?

Would you live in a tent?

That’s exactly what some folks at Palmetto Bay Marina are doing right now.

“Its killing me like it is everyone else that has a house that cant go back to their home,” said Matthew Leitner, boat owner. “Pretty depressing.”

Their houses were their boats, which are now stuck on the banks of the marina.

 

Boat owners who live on their vessels camping out next to damaged marina
Boat owners who live on their vessels camping out next to damaged marina

They don’t have insurance, or the $7000 the marina is charging them to be removed.

Boat owners like Matthew Leitner have been living at the marina for almost 3 weeks. They tell News 3 they would rather stay on the side of the dock, with no electricity or working showers, to stop looters and stay close to the place they call home.

Matthew Leitner says he is camping out to protect his boat from looters
Matthew Leitner says he is camping out to protect his boat from looters

“There’s a lot of them that didn’t have insurance. nobody would have ever thought a hurricane was going to come,” said Matthew Leitner. “We mostly all have a place to go to sleep if we need to, but i’d rather be close to the marina. My home.”

“This is our home yeah. We used to have a million dollar view. We still do just a little crashed up.”

Leitner’s boat is a little crashed up too, damage to its hull means even if he could pay for the crane, he can’t put it back in the water until its fixed.

Leitner claims the marina is charging $7000 just to pull his boat and others from land.
Leitner claims the marina is charging $7000 just to pull his boat and others from land.

Leitner said the community has been great, leaving food and water for them.

There’s even a fundraiser planned for the owners to help them move their boats.

We’ll tell you when and where when we have more details.

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