It’s a crackdown on boats illegally anchored in Port Moody.
Come tomorrow, the city says a handful of vessels will be towed who don’t have a permit.
Mayor Mike Clay says the city designated a moorage zone in mid-July, but boats have been piling up for years.
“When they changed the rules in False Creek, a lot of the derelict and abandoned type of boats that were in False Creek they got moved around the corner and up the inlet into Port Moody. We had a lot of boats that were just brought there and were never touched again.”
Clay says resident have raised concerns.
“A lot environmental concern about oil and chemicals that would be coming from the boats as well. There were a few that were observed that were pumping their filters out.”
He adds that some people have ignored the city’s warning.
“Some of them are almost abandoned, we know who the owner is, they just decided they are going to leave their boats there and they are not going to do anything else with it.”
The port will be towing boats to the marina, and will give owners one last chance to claim their vessel.