Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, Inc. v. Unknown Claimants
ORDER granting Petitioner's 4 Motion to Approve Ad Interim Stipulation, and for a Monition and Injunction. The Clerk of Court is directed to issue the attached Monition notice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher P. Tuite on 2/17/2021. (Attachments: # 1 Monition) (ACL)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
In the Matter of SARASOTA YOUTH
SAILING PROGRAM, INC., as owner of
the Caribe I, a 2011 Caribe DL20 motor vessel
bearing hull identification number
EMDU0004K011 and Florida Registration:
FL 6031, together with its Engines, Tackle,
Appurtenances, Equipment, & Etc., in a
cause for Exoneration from or Limitation of
Case No. 8:21-cv-00150-CEH-CPT
ORDER APPROVING AD INTERIM STIPULATION OF
VALUE AND DIRECTING ISSUANCE OF MONITION AND INJUNCTION
Before the Court is the Petitioner’s Motion to Approve Ad Interim Stipulation[ ] and
for a Monition and Injunction.
For the reasons discussed below, the
Petitioner’s motion is granted as described herein.
Petitioner Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, Inc. (Petitioner) is the owner of a
2011 Caribe DL20 motor vessel (EMDU0004K011) (the Vessel), which was involved
in a maritime incident on or about November 21, 2020, in Sarasota Bay (the Incident).
(Doc. 1 at 2). The Incident allegedly resulted in the death of one sailor and injuries
to other mariners in the area surrounding the vessel. Id.
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On January 20, 2021, the Petitioner filed a complaint seeking to minimize, if
not eliminate altogether, its exposure to any liability arising from the Incident pursuant
to the Limitation of Liability Act, 46 U.S.C. §§ 30501–30512, Rule F of the
Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure (Supplemental Rule F), and Rule 7 of the former Local Rules for
the Middle District of Florida.1 Id.
Contemporaneously with the filing of its complaint, the Petitioner submitted an
Ad Interim Stipulation for Costs and Value (Ad Interim Stipulation) as security for any
claims stemming from the Incident. (Doc. 3). The Petitioner represents in the Ad
Interim Stipulation that the post-loss value of the Vessel and its pending freight was
$30,000, and that the Federal Insurance Company (FIC) guarantees payment of any
potential obligations in this action up to $30,000. Id.
By way of the instant motion, the Petitioner now requests that the Court (1)
approve the Ad Interim Stipulation; (2) issue a monition directing all potential
claimants to join the action; and (3) impose an injunction under Supplemental Rule F
precluding the further prosecution of any proceedings against the Petitioner arising
from any claims subject to limitation; and (4) direct any such claimants to file their
The Court notes that former Local Rule 7 is no longer in effect following the adoption of the
new Local Rules as of February 1, 2021. Pursuant to new Local Rule 1.03(a), the Admiralty and
Maritime Practice Manual now governs admiralty and maritime practice in the Middle District of
Florida. M.D. Fla. R. 1.03(a).
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claims in accordance with Supplemental Rule F. (Docs. 4, 43).
Upon due consideration of the matter, it is hereby ORDERED:
The Ad Interim Stipulation for the value of the Petitioner’s interest in the
Vessel and its pending freight, in the amount of Thirty Thousand Dollars and Zero
Cents ($30,000) and including court costs and interest at the rate of six percent (6%)
per annum from the date hereof, filed by the Petitioner as principal, and FIC as surety,
is accepted as adequate security and is approved as to form and quantum.
The Petitioner and any claimant who may properly become a party
hereto may contest the amount or value of the Petitioner’s interest in the Vessel as
fixed in the Ad Interim Stipulation; may move the Court for due appraisal of said
interest; and may apply to have the amount of said stipulation increased or decreased,
as the case may be, upon the Court’s determination of the amount or value of said
interest or to carry out the provisions of 46 U.S.C. §§ 30501–30512, for personal
injuries, property damage, or any other claims resulting from the Incident.
If the amount of the Ad Interim Stipulation is not disputed by any
claimant, the Ad Interim Stipulation shall stand as a stipulation for value and an
appraisal shall not be required.
The Clerk of Court shall issue the attached Monition advising and
admonishing all persons or corporations asserting claims for any and all losses,
damages, injuries, deaths, or destruction allegedly resulting from the Incident, to file
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their respective claims with the Clerk of Court, United States District Court for the
Middle District of Florida, located at 801 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida
33602 on or before April 30, 2021, and to serve or mail copies thereof to the
Petitioner’s attorneys, David N. Gambach and Evan S. Gutwein of Hamilton, Miller,
& Birthisel, LLP, 150 Southeast Second Avenue, Suite 1200, Miami, Florida 33131,
or be defaulted. If any claimant desires to contest the Petitioner’s right to exoneration
from or limitation of liability, such claimant(s) shall file and serve on the Petitioner’s
counsel an answer to the complaint on or before said date, unless his/her claim has
included an answer to the complaint so designated, or be defaulted.
The Notice of Monition in the form required by Supplemental Rule F
and the Admiralty and Maritime Practices Manual shall be published in a newspaper
of general circulation in Sarasota County once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks
prior to the date fixed for the filing of claims in accordance with Supplemental Rule F
and the Admiralty and Maritime Practice Manual.
No later than the date of the second weekly publication, the Petitioner
shall mail a copy of said notice to every person or corporation known by the Petitioner
to have a claim against them arising out of the Incident set forth in the complaint. In
addition, the Petitioner shall mail said notice to the decedent at the decedent’s last
known address and also to any person who shall be known to have made any claim
on account of such death.
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The commencement or further prosecution of any action or proceeding
against the Petitioner, the Vessel, or other property of the Petitioner with respect to
any claims for which the Petitioner seeks exoneration from or limitation of liability
herein, including any claim arising out of or incident to or connected with any loss,
damage, injury, death, or destruction, more fully described in the complaint, be and
the same is hereby restrained, stayed, and enjoined until the hearing and determination
of this action.
Service of this Order as a restraining order in this District may be made
in the usual manner as in any other federal district by delivery by the United States
Marshal of a certified copy of this Order on the person(s) to be restrained or to their
respective attorney(s), or alternatively, by mailing a conformed copy of the Order to
the person(s) to be restrained or to their respective counsel.
DONE and ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, this 17th day of February 2021.
Counsel of record
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