City of Victoria now legally armed to evict derelict boats from Gorge Waterway
The BC Supreme Court has ruled that the City of Victoria has the authority to regulate the Gorge Waterway.
Last year, the City sought an injunction to require owners to remove their vessels and docks that were illegally moored in the waterway.
As a result of the ruling, vessel and dock owners must remove their property from the Gorge Waterway by May 7, 2018.
Monday's judgment confirms that the City's zoning regulations for the Gorge Waterway don't intrude on federal jurisdiction over navigation and shipping,
The City of Victoria says it will continue to offer outreach services to those living aboard vessels that cannot be safely moved to assist them in finding alternate housing.