“When are you leaving?,” Port asks liveaboards

  • Mar. 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Port Clements council voted Monday night (March 4) to ask the people living aboard boats at the small craft harbour for assurances that they are only there temporarily and will be leaving by a certain date. Council members said there are at least two, and maybe three, people living on boats tied up at the harbour. The village has a policy of not allowing liveaboards but did allow two of them for a limited time as they are repairing their vessels. The people living on the boats are paying moorage fees to the village and aren’t causing any problems, but council members said there isn’t much room at the small craft harbour and they don’t want to attract more houseboats. “The big issue is space,” said councillor Ian Gould. “We have another crew boat coming.” Council members said the issue is a grey area and they hope to come up with a firm policy in the future. For now, they voted to approach the liveaboards and ask them to put in writing their intention to leave, and what date they will be gone.