Andrew Weaver intervenes on CBRA’s behalf re beach wreck

Following the CBRA’s ongoing appeals to Saanich, the CRD and other authorities to remove the beached boat on Gyro Beach, Andrew Weaver, the local MLA, has now written to the Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources on the CBRA’s behalf: 

Via email to:
Honourable Steve Thompson
Minister of Forests, Lands and
Natural Resource Operations
Room 248, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4 

Dear Minister Thompson:

Derelict wreck in Cadboro Bay

I have been contacted by residents in my
riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head and the Cadboro Bay Resident’s Association
(“CBRA”) with respect to the beached derelict vessel Pacific Sun King that
washed up on December 5, 2015. The residents are very concerned about the
vessel as a hazard in Cadboro Gyro Park, where it is located, on the Crown
Provincial foreshore in the upper inter-tidal zone of Cadboro Bay. The vessel
is interfering with public access and presents a danger to children who play in
the park and in the area. This area is heavily used by the public and
especially children.

The CBRA have been in contact with the
Municipality of Saanich and their representatives have confirmed that the
responsibility for the removal of the wreck does not fall to Saanich since it
is located seaward of the formal boundaries of the park.

I am writing to ask the Provincial
Government to take the necessary steps to deal with this urgent matter. In
addition to a safety issue for children and residents who access the park and
beach, the vessel contains a diesel fuel tank and potential seepage that is an
environmental hazard.

I look forward to a reply at your earliest

Best wishes,

Andrew Weaver, MLA

Oak Bay-Gordon Head

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