County, Owner Fight Over Camping, Other Violations

Cynthia Rose walks to her 36-foot trailer at the Lakebay Marina Tuesday (Aug. 7)

Renters and campers living at the Lakebay Marina in Tacoma, Wash., face unstable futures as owner Roger Mark Scott contends with a flood of code enforcement issues, according to The News Tribune.

Cynthia Rose started renting space at the Gig Harbor marina for her RV a year ago. Then she found out about its legal problems.

“I didn’t know he didn’t have the permits,” she said of Scott and one of his issues. “That’s something you assume.”

Multiple county and state agencies are investigating Scott and his properties, the Lakebay Marina and Lakebay Marina Cafe, for issues that include illegal camping at the marina, water and sewer violations and illegal shellfish harvesting.

That affects not only him but also the campers, renters and liveaboards docked at the marina.

“Just like me, many people move here and find out the legal issues after,” Rose said. “We don’t know where we’ll go.”

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