City set to remove abandoned boats from the Gorge Waterway

The City of Victoria is getting set to crack down on abandoned and illegal boats that have been sitting in the Gorge Waterway for years.

  • Oct. 25, 2016 4:00 p.m.

The City of Victoria is getting set to crack down on abandoned and illegal boats that have been sitting in the Gorge Waterway for years.

Last week, the city posted follow up notices on vessels and wharves anchored in the Gorge, reminding owners that they are occupying the area contrary to the city’s zoning regulation bylaw, which limits long-term mooring to a maximum of 48 hours and no more than 72 hours in a 30-day period.

The notices ask that all vessels and wharves be removed by Friday, Oct. 28. A previous notice was issued in mid-June, requesting boats and vessels be removed from the waterway by July 18. So far, only three vessels have voluntarily left the area.

According to the city, there are currently more than  24 vessels and four floating wharves illegally situated in the area near the Selkirk Trestle and seven of them are used as residences. As a result, the city is working with Pacifica Housing to find the residents alternate housing.

If owners don’t voluntarily remove their vessels and wharves after Friday, however, the city will begin enforcement to remove them and seek an injunction (a court order from the B.C. Supreme Court) if necessary.

City council has approved up to $120,000 for enforcement of the Gorge Waterway and is currently working with a local company to remove two sunken vessels from the area.

The boats have sparked several complaints about leaking sewage, oil, fuel, noise and garbage since they aren’t hooked up to proper services.

In 2013, Victoria council began floating a plan to deal with the boats, but ran into a number of hurdles.

 

 

Just Posted

Wind warning in effect for Greater Victoria

Strong winds could reach up to 80 km/hr along coastal areas

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington for the day

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, “high avalanche danger”

Whisky society commits to charity donation in wake of whisky raids

Refund of Victoria Whiskey Festival tickets won’t impact charity beneficiaries

Victoria housing provider launches crisis prevention program to combat homelessness

Pacifica Housing aims to address challenges before tenants risk evictions

Victoria wins crucial WHL contest over Giants in Langley

Royals take over second in B.C. Division ahead of Vancouver

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Saanich signals support for in-fill developments in Gorge-Tillicum

The Gorge-Tillicum neighbourhood continues to experience infill. Council’s committee-of-the-whole signaled Saanich’s support… Continue reading

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

WHL winning streak ends at four in Kelowna for Victoria

Royals lose 8-4 as Rockets explode offensively

Wind warning back in effect around Vancouver Island

80 km/h winds expected Saturday, Jan. 20, on east coast of Island, 100 km/h on west coast

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

Most Read