Eight months after Hurricane Irma, the entity that governs Fisher Island, America’s richest zip code, is involved in some post-storm drama.
The Fisher Island Community Association just got sued by Miami Beach homeowner Carlos Alberto Leon over damages allegedly caused by the association’s towing boat during the September 2017 hurricane.
In his filing, Leon claims the ship Toucan, which was docked at the island, came loose during the catastrophic hurricane and started drifting north into the Intracoastal for a strangely wild ride on a distance of more than two miles.
“It went under the MacArthur Causeway,” said Curt Obront, Leon’s lawyer, “past the Miami Beach Marina, past Star Island and straight into my client’s property. The boat eventually came to rest on rocks underneath the Venetian (Causeway).”
When the vessel, described in U.S. Coast Guard registries as a 36 .8-foot barge, slammed into the sea wall of businessman Leon’s property at 45 E. Rivo Alto Drive, on the Venetian Causeway’s Rivo Alto Island, it allegedly took out his dock, boat elevator and pilings, and dented the sea wall.