Keep Non-navigable Houseboats and Floating Houses on TVA Reservoirs!

Laura Sneed
Anonymous 985 Comments
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Please sign this petition in support of the rights of all non-navigable and floating house boat owners on Fontana Lake as well as on all TVA reservoirs.

Recently TVA recommended dramatic changes to the regulations concerning these houses. The unreasonable proposed changes most notably include a twenty-year sunset period that requires the removal of all homes at the cost of their respective owners. This removal even applies to the pre-1978 grandfathered homes!

These changes are unfair and we are asking for your support in requesting the TVA Board to reject the proposed regulations, to grandfather in all existing compliant non-navigable houseboats and floating houses and also to find more common sense solutions in the regulation of these family-friendly floating communities. Many families use these floating homes as a way to spend quality time with their loved ones, while also enjoying the great outdoors.

In addition to the effect on individual homeowners, local marinas depend heavily on the business generated by these floating communities. These changes will clearly have a devastating effect on economies associated with these marina operations. An economic affect that is in conflict with the original intent of TVA's charter and mission.

Please don't stand idly by while TVA's new regulations negatively impact regional communities, the livelihood of marina operators and the quality of life of families who enjoy and appreciate these beautiful lakes. Join us and sign the petition today. Thank you!

  • John murray
    John murray United States, Olive Hill
    Sep 14, 2017
    Sep 14, 2017
    I see no problems with floating home on the lakes
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec 19, 2016
    Dec 19, 2016
    I thought the Fontana families for floating homes should be made aware that 3 out of the 4 TVA board members who sought to delay the decision to prohibit floating homes in hopes of finding a more reasonable alternative-- will no longer be board members due to the Senate's failure to confirm those nominees of the White House. Senator Burr and Congressman Meadows have been so notified.
  • Cindy Crawford
    Cindy Crawford United States, La Follette
    Nov 03, 2016
    Nov 03, 2016
    I think these people need to keep their floating homes right where they are. These people have put a lot of money into these homes and they do contribute to the economy. Their homes are attractive and that adds character to the boat docks. I think they need to leave these people alone and let them live their lives where they are
  • Faye Mathews
    Faye Mathews United States, Asheville
    Oct 04, 2016
    Oct 04, 2016
    My Husband and I own a houseboat on Fontana Lake. We and our family have enjoyed the lake for many years. We have spent a lot in upkeep and "rental" for our space on the lake. We are now retired and are on a fixed income. If we have to pay additional fees to TVA, we may not be able to afford our relaxation at the lake. Also if all houseboats have to be removed, we would have to come up with a way to dispose of it as its too big and heavy for a trailer. Please reconsider. The houseboat owners spend a lot of money to local businesses in food, gas, supplies, etc. By removing these houseboats, the economy would suffer also. Thanks.
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