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Delray Beach artist building studio on barge near Peanut Island

By Charlie Keegan

PEANUT ISLAND, FL (WFLX) - An artist is taking his studio straight to his inspiration.

You'll never find William DeBilzan far from the water. "I've always loved this area," he said. "The beauty of the area here; the water is so clear."

The artist, with galleries in Delray Beach and California, is living on a boat. Now, he's taking things to another level.

Just east of Peanut Island, DeBilzan set up a 2,400 square-foot barge. Soon, it'll be his new, two-story studio.

He said the project is about three quarters of the way finished right now. When it's done, there will be a place for living, for sleeping and, of course, for making art work.

DeBilzan is a former contractor who is doing some of the work himself. He says it will be run off green energy and will be hurricane safe.

He'll keep the barge private. But does plan on inviting guests out to see his work. He also hopes to launch an art program geared toward children. "I want to create a good scene out here; something the community will support and something, hopefully, they'll be proud of," DeBilzan said.

He said he talked with other people who operate similar barges and doesn't think he's doing anything wrong.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it is looking at the situation. A representative from Palm Beach County said permits are normally needed for a project like this.

DeBilzan said he'll work with anyone who has concerns. He's confident the new studio will be a success. "I'll probably do this until the day I die," he said.

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