Bid to evict derelict Gorge boats delayed

Victoria’s legal bid to remove derelict boats from the Gorge waterway has been delayed six weeks.

The city was in B.C. Supreme Court Monday seeking a court order to remove 16 boats and four docks which it maintains are in violation of a bylaw.

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That bylaw, approved in 2016, limits boat owners to 48 consecutive hours of moorage in the Gorge and a maximum of 72 hours over 30 days.

But the matter was put over to the week of Oct. 30 by Justice Palbinder Shergill after the boaters hired a lawyer, who asked for time to prepare.

Concerns about the boats, near the Selkirk Trestle, include potential environmental impacts, particularly on sensitive eel-grass habitat. Residents living along the Gorge have also complained about noise, garbage and dumping of sewage by boat occupants.

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