Gananoque council agrees to dock changes

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Gananoque council has agreed to an amended docking slip arrangement to accommodate a local business.

Council last week amended the lease agreement with Scott Ewart, owner of 1000 Islands Kayaking Inc., to change the boat dockage location.

Ewart submitted a letter to the Town dated May 31, asking council to consider a change in his lease agreement to reconfigure his commercial boat dockage slip location.

The current lease agreement includes docking arrangements for three boats – a safety boat, a motorized vessel (water taxi), and a rescue boat.

To alleviate strain on the kayak launch dock, Ewart asked to rearrange his three docking areas. The request is to move the 25-foot safety boat off the launch platform dock and into the corner area of the main transient finger dock location. The 15-foot short range rescue boat, which was previously in this corner’s main dock location, thereby moves to the location tying up next to the launch platform location. The 24-foot water taxi stays in its same location on the main transient dock.

Staff agreed that moving the larger safety boat off the small platform and onto the main dock will reduce strain on the dock, which will therefore reduce maintenance costs in the future to fix dock cleats and wood structure.

This change will also provide a better passenger loading and unloading experience for the clients.

Council also heard that by approving the location switch for the short-range rescue boat and moving the safety boat into the new dock position, the town will increase the linear footage Ewart will be required to pay for, from 39 total feet to 49 total feet.

The negative consequence is that there will now be a total of 49 feet of boat space reserved on the main transient boat finger docks, which will reduce the total amount of space available to transient boaters.

The town offers the transient docks for visiting boaters with a bylaw of allowing dock stay time up to three hours per day with no overnight dockage available. It is staff opinion, council was told, that the loss of 10 feet is not significant.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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