A boat is partially submerged in Okanagan Lake near Adventure Bay in Vernon.

A boat is partially submerged in Okanagan Lake near Adventure Bay in Vernon.

Abandoned boats make waves

There have been recent complaints about a submerged vessel in the Adventure Bay area.

There are calls for action over abandoned boats on Okanagan Lake.

There have been recent complaints about a submerged vessel in the Adventure Bay area.

“It’s a real safety issue for our community,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

“It affects our citizens when a child drowns on it.”

However, navigable waterways are a federal jurisdiction and there is little the city can do  to prevent abandoned boats.

City council will write a letter to the federal government demanding action.

Bypass debated

The contentious issue of a bypass is driving debate in Vernon again.

City staff has been asked to review the possibility of including a bypass route in the proposed 25-year transportation plan.

“It could put the provincial government on record that one may be necessary,” said Coun. Bob Spiers, adding that other options to address congestion, such as transit, are identified.

Previous discussions about a bypass have generated widespread public opposition, but Spiers and Coun. Catherine Lord are not calling for a specific location, just that a route be considered in the plan.

“It would make people aware of it maybe in the future,” said Lord.