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Derelict boats still lying on Vancouver beaches

Last Updated May 26, 2017 at 10:12 am PDT

One of the boats shattered by rocks in Kitsilano during the May 23rd wind storm (James Cybulski, NEWS 1130 photo)

Cleanup of wrecks ultimately falls on the Park board

Can cost upwards of thousands of dollars

Whitehead suggests an environmental boating tax for BC, similar to one in Florida

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Days after a windstorm sent several boats crashing along Vancouver’s shorelines, many of those wrecks are still there.

The problem arises when some owners simply walk away from an old derelict boat that’s been destroyed.
Kitsilano residents say has been a growing problem for years, claiming every time there’s a windstorm multiple boats wash ashore and create pollution.

“There doesn’t seem to be a plan on how we get rid of these boats,” says Jeff Whitehead, a supervisor from the Vancouver Park Board who is ultimately responsible for the cleanup which can cost north of $7,000 dollars.

He adds there were close to 20 boats the city had to deal with last year, and about a dozen the year before. Whitehead suggests an environmental boating tax for BC like we have for car batteries.

“Florida has some regulations when you buy a boat you pay a tax on that … and so that money goes toward getting rid of derelict boats in the state.”

False Creek is seen as the best place to moor during a storm, but some boaters argue they’re only allowed a small window to stay there, which Whitehead argues against.

“I’m not aware of any time when we’ve kicked anyone out of the creek when they are forecasting gale force winds.”