Did you know that there is a guy in Florida who seized a hideous floating trash pile in the ocean that was stuck together and then made it his island and even built a house on it. Now he owns an island and the authorities want him to get a vessel license for it? He then perhaps can use it as his official address. But that makes his island US Territory. And did we mention property taxes to the State of Florida?
Of course there is no case law precedence for this is there? No, none at all and this gentleman does not wish to become the first guinea pig of the bureaucracy that might follow, would you? It turns out that the sea life is clinging to the floating trash pile and holding it together. One might say, well someone escorts in islamabad else’s trash is his cash or island in this case.
If he keeps the trash island off the coast then indeed it is in International Waters, being a US Citizen he has automatic rights, but if his island is a vessel then there are use tax issues all property tax issues all for a boat load of trash? What a dilemma indeed. At least one person has come up with another issue.
If his island is a trash pile and it is a registered vessel then he is responsible for polluting the ocean instead of the ships which dumped the trash into the sea in the first place. And this trash island is not going away anytime soon after surviving two light Hurricanes. At least one rumor floating around this trash island is that the Chinese have used it to hid under while trolling the Gulf Coastline?
Someone ought to write a book about this incredible adventure and maybe book review critics will call it just another trashy novel? I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.