Last call if you own a boat without a permit on Port Moody’s inlet.
The city has started to remove derelict boats moored in or out of its new Designated Anchorage Area created mid-July.
Mayor Mike Clay says the city started seeing more and more abandoned boats moved up from False Creek the last couple years.
Does he think the new moorage zone will work?
“I think it’s a better attempt than what we’ve done in the past which is absolutely nothing. We had an accumulation of boats down there which was getting close to 50, some were blocking the channel, some dumping sewage into the water, dumping oil into the water.”
While the new designated zone is good for Port Moody, Clay says it might push abandoned boats to drop anchor elsewhere.
“Now that they can’t, I don’t believe they would come to Port Moody, they might go somewhere else which might be unfortunate. We can only what we can do in out jurisdiction and that’s why the port is using this as a pilot because if it does work in Port Moody than they can roll it out in other cities. We know that some boats have gone into Deep Cove, some of them might go around to Belcarra or Indian Arm.”
Clay says all boats must register for a Designated Anchorage Area permit which costs $12 per night and a $500 deposit fee.
Five boats will be towed this week, bringing a total of 17 removed since May.