MIAMI – A subrogee is suing a municipal corporation in Miami-Dade County alleging that it failed to properly maintain and operate the Bay Islands Drawbridge.

Geico Marine insurance Co., as subrogee of Rockstar Marine LTD, filed a complaint on April 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Town of Bay Harbor Islands, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 2, 2014, a luxury yacht known as Rockstar was damaged due to the premature lowering of the drawbridge, which violently collapsed onto the top of the Rockstar, causing damage to the vessel. The plaintiff alleges it has been damaged by paying Rockstar Marine LTD for the expenses for vessel repairs and lost charter income. The plaintiff holds Town of Bay Harbor Islands responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to cause the drawbridge to remain open to allow passage of the Rockstar, failed to make adequate tests of the mechanisms of the drawbridge and failed to give affirmative warning of the malfunction of the bridge. The plaintiff alleges it has demanded payment of more than $1 million from the defendant.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for all damages as provided for by law, prejudgment interest and costs and any further relief as the court may deem just. It is represented by Michael E. Conroy and Adria G. Notari of Michael Conroy PA in Miami.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:16-cv-21268

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