In the wake of the laborious and costly removal of the 40-tonne concrete hulled Pacific Sun King by Saanich staff, Coun. Judy Brownoff says now is the time to raise the alarm for federal program that deals with derelict and abandoned boats.
This winter alone, Saanich has already spent $50,000 to remove derelict and abandoned boats in the Gorge Waterway and Cadboro Bay Beach.
And that doesn’t include staff time, added Brownoff.
“With climate change we’re getting bigger winds for longer periods of time [causing more wash-ups],” Brownoff said at a Feb. 15 council meeting. “Colleagues, it’s time. We can’t afford this (derelict boats) anymore.”