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General News · 26th September 2008
To the people of Cortes island,
It should be known to all islanders that on September 17 a resolution was passed by the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island, with only a single dissenting vote, which states that the board is in "contravention of Small Craft Harbours, Environment Canada and Regional District regulations by supporting the existence of live aboard vessels." No specific regulations or legal precedent has been cited, and none to date none have been presented by the board. There has been no public discussion and no advance warning of this action. A notice was posted this week on the public board at the dock at Mansons saying that as of December 1, all live aboard vessels will be prohibited.

There are only six live aboard boats currently moored at Mansons Landing, and only one or two others on the three other docks on the island. The folks at Mansons have been living co-operatively and without trouble for 5 -15 years, and in fact have provided real service and assistance to countless boaters, visitors and each other; saving boats gone adrift, hauling off beached boats, warning tourists who anchored too close to the spit, charging batteries, re-tying dock lines, watchdogging all the boats during winter storms, etc, etc. The two outhouses are used, no "black water" is being dumped, and consistent care is paid to other environmental concerns connected with this lifestyle. (Disposal of garabage, compost, paints, varnish, etc.) In fact, a live aboard vessel arguably leaves a much smaller environmental footprint than the average house or cabin on land.

If you have any thoughts on this matter, I urge you to contact Siri Ellingsen or any of members of the Harbour Authority Board, (including Joe Cliff, pres., Ray Grout, Ed Pigott, June Cameron or Eli McKenty) and plan to attend the AGM in October.

Best wishes,
The Dock S.C.U.M.
(South Cortes United Mariners)

Why didn't you sign your names?
Comment by I support you on 27th September 2008
What can we do to support S.C.U.M. when you have given no names or contact info? Your article is well written but your name is tacky.
Different Jurisdiction
Comment by Anon on 26th September 2008
I believe boats come under federal jurisdiction
Comment by Brigid on 26th September 2008
That is outrageous. People have always lived on boats here. If no black or environmentally detrimental gray water is being dumped, then what possible harm can there be? (I am planning to tie up a boat myself this fall, and live on it sometimes)
When is the AGM? I am working in the bush right now but will certainly be there if I can.
Thanks for the heads-up.