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Marina operator charges dock manufacturer with defective installation

By Carol Ostrow | Apr 1, 2015


A Tiki Island maritime business has sued three companies, alleging breach of warranty.

Pelican Rest Marina filed a lawsuit March 19 in Galveston County District Court against Otter Tail Corporation, Varistar Corporation, and SHRCO Inc., all individually and doing business as ShoreMaster Inc., alleging breach of contract in a 2013 sale and installation.

According to the complaint. on Feb. 12, 2011, Pelican Rest, which operates a marina complex on Galveston Island, contracted with the defendants to design and install a concrete floating dock system for the price of $1,260,482 and the agreement included an express warranty.

Less than a year after the installation, the dock began to list and exhibit flaws in materials and workmanship, according to the suit, and the defendants twice attempted to repair the dock without success in late 2011.   By September. 2012, Pelican Rest observed increased deterioration of the dock, the suit states, specifically, it was listing in the opposite direction of its previous tilt, corners and patches were crumbling and cracks were appearing. The defendants did not address these issues, the suit states.

Pelican Rest, which hired a salvage crew to retrieve the dock’s entire bottom section, alleges the float was lacking important structural components such as steel rebar to reinforce its entire structure. The plaintiff cites material breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranty, and negligence.

Pelican Rest Marina seeks more than $1 million in damages, attorney fees, expenses and costs. The company is represented by attorney Andrew Mytelka of Greer, Harz & Adams in Galveston.

Galveston County District Court case number 15-CV-0280.

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