Residents in Port Moody will soon get their say on a plan to manage boats in Burrard Inlet.
The city will host an open house to discuss a pilot project being considered between the municipality and Port Metro Vancouver to deal with derelict boats in the inlet.
The open house will take place on Monday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Old Orchard Hall, 646 Bentley Rd.
Last week, council approved a resolution seeking public input on the proposed designated anchorage area.
The plan is for the city and port to team up on a harbour management plan that would see the port take over management of nonanchorage areas, with the municipality overseeing the designated anchorage areas.
That means there will be an area on the inlet where boats can be moored, and the city can recover the costs of administering the program.
The initiative is called the Anchor Management Pilot Project and is a first of its kind for B.C. Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said the plan should put an end to the problem of derelict boats.
However, he called the issue "tricky, adding it is similar to other neighbourhood issues.
"Nobody owns the water; we all have equal rights out there," he said.
"If you can be there, I can be there."
Clay added the goal is to have boats registered, insured and easily identified, so if they do get stolen or wash up on shore, they can be identified.
The issue around the boats came to a head in June after Port Moody residents expressed concern about vessels on the inlet, which included the potential for collisions and boaters dumping raw sewage.
At the time there were an estimated 37 boats on the inlet.
The speculation is the boats moved to the inlet after Vancouver put new regulations in place several years ago for boaters on False Creek.
Last year, a derelict boat washed up in Port Moody, costing the city thousands of dollars to remove and dispose of the vessel.
Clay indicated the pilot program would be cost neutral to the city.
For more information about the project and to take part in a city survey go to portmoody.ca/harbour.
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