Holiday home deemed "ship" to embark on maiden voyage

The owner of a holiday home that was officially declared a ship by officials will be moved by July 1.

Earlier the western Latvia newspaper Kursas laiks reported an absurd situation in which the quite obvious holiday home was deemed an ocean-going vessel in an apparently successful attempt to circumvent planning laws that prevent the construction of new buildings on or very close to the shoreline.

Now the same newspaper reports that homeowner-turned-captain Argods Lūsiņš (also a well-known Latvian millionaire) has struck an agreement with the local authorities at Pāvilosta that the building will be moved to a different location, editor-in-chief Anita Kantāne told Latvian Radio.

In particular, the floating house is to be put on a barge and transported to Rīga. That's what the head of the local council Uldis Kristapsons told the newspaper. 

The precise date as to when it would happen will not be disclosed, in order to prevent onlookers from gathering around the site, which has indeed attracted the attention of both passersby and Latvian meme makers alike. 

The municipality is reported as saying that a driveway suitable for heavy machinery has been installed by the home, testifying to the owner's intentions. 

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