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Ahoy, justices! Floating home case winner back to high court

In this Feb. 24, 2017, photo, Fane Lozman stands on his property in Riviera Beach, Fla. Lozman won a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case that affirmed that his house boat was a home and not a vessel. Lozman stands on property where he hopes to build a floating community of homes. (AP Photo/Curt Anderson)

In this Feb. 24, 2017, photo, Fane Lozman stands on his property in Riviera Beach, Fla. Lozman won a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case that affirmed that his house boat was a home and not a vessel. Lozman stands on property where he hopes to build a floating community of homes. (AP Photo/Curt Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

Fane Lozman beat long odds when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him in 2013 that his floating home was a house, not a vessel subject to seizure by the city of Riviera Beach, Florida.

The justices set a new national legal standard: Not everything that floats is a boat.

It was a long shot they'd even take his case, and the verdict seemed a resounding victory for the little guy in battle with local officials. But by then, Riviera Beach had the floating home destroyed in a dispute over plans to develop the marina where Lozman was living.

Lozman's fight continues over the city's refusal to reimburse him the value of the floating home and $200,000 in legal fees.

He hopes the court will take up his case anew.