News

Port Edward Harbour Authority turns down floating lodge accommodation proposal

Lodges docked in Port Edward during the off-season will not be permitted to house workers or other tenants. - Shaun Thomas photo
Lodges docked in Port Edward during the off-season will not be permitted to house workers or other tenants.
— image credit: Shaun Thomas photo

While the Port Edward Harbour Authority is all in favour of large fishing and work lodges docking on the North Coast during the fall and winter, it is not willing to let people stay in them as a possible housing solution.

The harbour authority was asked by council to weigh in on a request from Clayton Vanier, one of the owners of the Haa-Nee-Naa Lodge, to offer offseason accommodation during the fall and winter months. After looking at what allowing people to live in the docked lodges would entail, the authority decided it simply wasn't a goodidea.

"At this time the board of directors decided that the liability for the Harbour Authority and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Small Craft Harbour, was greater than the potential benefits. Therefore, it is prohibited to allow the use of harbour authority property by owners who offseason moor lodge vessels in the harbour lot to provide accommodation or lodging to guests on those vessels in the harbour authority water lot," wrote Port Edward Harbour Authority general manager Keri Wieck in a letter to council.

"I can confirm that the issue has been addressed in finality by the board of directors."

Although spurring some discussion in chambers, with Coun. Dan Franzen and Christine MacKenzie vocally supportive of the harbour authority's stance, council took no further action on the matter.

"I don't want to see our harbour be stuffed up with garbage where anything with a bedroom can be considered lodging ... you will open a can of worms if this is allowed and it will be horrible, I can tell you that," said Franzen.

"If you let this person set up lodging, what is to stop someone from pulling up a houseboat and renting rooms? What is to stop everyone from doing it? Nothing," addedMacKenzie.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Kist resigns as Pacific NorthWest LNG president; Progress Energy CEO acting president
 
Diverse group of panelists discuss potential pros and cons of LNG in Prince Rupert
 
ELECTION 2014: West Kelowna mayoral candidate wants to increase voter turnout
Aaron Cosbey
 
Security stepped up in B.C. after attacks in Ottawa
 
John York running for Cranbrook mayor
Soldier killed in Parliament Hill siege
 
Austin endorses Cullen
 
Refugee living the Canadian dream

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.