Patriot Cruises is a small summer cruise ship operation off the Atlantic Coast of the United States, with its home
offices and port located in Daytona Florida. Sam Martin,Patriot’ operations manager, has for years, been
ordering the dumping of ship wastes just off of the Florida coast within United States water, several miles north of
Daytona, and just prior to each ships’ return home from a cruise. This is in defiance of a number of federal and
state laws against this activity.
a. From your reading, describe the primary legal issues that are relevant to this situation.
b. Is Patriot Cruises liable for this violation of Unites States and Florida Law? Why or why not?
c. Is Patriot Cruise liable in tort to private property owners along the Florida coast for damages to their
private beaches contaminated by the waste? Why or why not?
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