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.
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.