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Mosquito Creek Marina Updates

Mosquito Creek Marina Decommissioning Updates

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KEY FACTS

  • After an independent marina condition assessment concluded that the majority of Mosquito Creek Marina (MCM) docks had reached their end of serviceable life, MCM issued a notice to all Boat and Boatshed moorage customers on December 5, 2023, advising them that all property must be removed from the Marina by May 31, 2024.
  • Moorage customers of Float Homes, Live-Aboard Boatsheds, and Live-Aboard-Boats will not be required to vacate the Marina by May 31, 2024.
    • See table below for additional information on the next steps for each respective MCM customer group.
  • The May 31, 2024, decommissioning date is firm, meaning that no exceptions will be granted for non-Live-Aboard moorage customers (i.e., those without designated primary residence status) to further extend any existing moorage agreements, remain in occupation of berths, or to otherwise enter or use the Marina after May 31, 2024. 
  • Access to all condemned docks will be restricted as of June 1, 2024, with decommissioning and disassembling of the Marina expected to begin promptly after that date. The secure docks will be used to accommodate Live-Aboard moorage customers, as well as some Float Homes, while the most pressing safety concerns and required remedial work are addressed in other areas of the Marina.
  • There is no developer involved in the closure of the marina. Nch’ḵay̓ Development Corporation and the Squamish Nation are focused on addressing the immediate priorities of assessing and ensuring the safety and security of the Marina and its occupants. Nch’ḵay̓ and the Nation will carefully consider all feasible options for the future use of the marina site as a portion of the Nation’s Reserve Lands. 

What happens next for each MCM customer group?

CUSTOMER TYPESUMMARY OF NEXT STEPS
Boat Owners 
Non-Live-Aboard Boat Owners have been offered a moorage licence extension to May 31, 2024. May 31, 2024 remains the deadline for the removal of property from MCM. Eligible for a pro-rated refund for any unused portion of their pre-paid moorage fees after all of their property has been removed from the Marina.
Boatshed OwnersNon-Live-Aboard Boatshed Owners have been offered a moorage licence extension to May 31, 2024.May 31, 2024, remains the deadline for the removal of property from MCM. Eligible for pro-rated refund for any unused portion of their pre-paid moorage fees after all of their property has been removed from the Marina.
Live-Aboard Boatshed OwnersLive-Aboard Boatshed Owners with designated primary residence status have been offered a moorage licence extension from their current 2024 moorage agreement expiry dates to March 31, 2025. Effective April 1, 2025, Live-Aboard-Boatshed Owners will be offered a new twelve (12)-month moorage licence extension; however, Mosquito Creek Marina (MCM) will reserve the right to issue notices requiring the moorage customers to vacate the marina (on not less than six [6] months’ notice following April 1, 2025) as MCM may require for operational, safety, repair, redevelopment, or other requirements. In summary, members of this group will be offered a minimum of 18 months from April 1, 2024, to make arrangements for the relocation of their property from Mosquito Creek Marina. Eligible for pro-rated refund for any unused portion of their pre-paid moorage fees after all of their property has been removed from the Marina.
Live-Aboard Boat Owners Live-Aboard Boat Owners with designated primary residence status have been offered moorage licence extensions from their current 2024 moorage agreement expiry dates to March 31, 2025. Effective April 1, 2025, Live-Aboard-Boat moorage customers will be offered a new twelve (12)-month moorage licence extension; however, Mosquito Creek Marina will reserve the right to issue notices requiring the Owners to vacate the marina (on not less than six [6] months’ notice following April 1, 2025) as Mosquito Creek Marina may require for operational, safety, repair, redevelopment, or other requirements. In summary, members of this group will be offered a minimum of 18 months from April 1, 2024, to make arrangements for the relocation of their property from Mosquito Creek Marina. Eligible for pro-rated refund for any unused portion of their pre-paid moorage fees after all of their property has been removed from the Marina.
Float Home OwnersFloat Home Owners are not included as part of the groups required to vacate the marina by the May 31, 2024 deadline. Mosquito Creek Marina will continue to offer Float Home Owners 12-month moorage license extensions on their respective moorage agreement anniversary dates.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“Are people going to end up homeless because of this?”

  • Nobody will be made homeless. All MCM moorage customers who rely on the Marina as their primary full-time residence will be granted an extension of at least 18 months from April 1, 2024 to allow plenty of time to make arrangements for relocating their property to another moorage location.
  • Since the first communication in December 2023, we have consistently stated that Float Homes are excluded from the list of affected moorage customers. Float Home Owners do not need to vacate the Marina.

“Why can’t the closure happen in phases?”

  • The surveying firm that conducted the marina condition assessment concluded that the majority of MCM docks were at the end-of-life and that repairs were no longer possible or viable. Emergency repairs were completed to temporarily secure the south end of Dock C, which granted MCM an additional six months before sections of the marina would need to be condemned.
  • All condemned docks will be gated as of June 1, 2024, with decommissioning and disassembling of the Marina expected to begin promptly after that date. The existing secure docks will be used to accommodate Live-Aboard moorage customers, as well as some Float Homes, while the most pressing safety concerns and required remedial work are addressed in other areas of the Marina.

“What if moorage customers helped raise funds to repair the current dock system?”

  • Nch’kay Development Corporation and the Squamish Nation are focused on addressing the immediate priorities of assessing and ensuring the safety and security of the Marina and its customers. Nch’kay and the Nation will carefully consider all feasible options for the future use of the marina site as a portion of the Nation’s Reserve lands. 
  • For these reasons, Nch’kay will not at this time commit to engage with any group of project proponents for the possible future use or redevelopment of the marina site.

“What are your plans for after you get everyone out of the marina?”

  • Nch’ḵay̓ Development Corporation and the Squamish Nation are focused on addressing the immediate priorities of assessing and ensuring the safety and security of the Marina and its occupants.
  • Nch’ḵay̓ and the Nation will carefully consider all feasible options for the future use of the marina site as a portion of the Nation’s Reserve Lands.
  • Based on advice from our legal counsel, Nch’ḵay̓ at this time will not commit to engage with any group of project proponents for the possible future use or redevelopment of the marina site.
  • There is no developer involved in the closure of the marina. Any rumours suggesting that are entirely baseless and false.

“Are you helping people find moorage elsewhere?”

  • As a courtesy to those customers required to relocate by the end of May 2024, Nch’ḵay̓ Operations staff have worked diligently to contact other marinas and boat storage facilities to help identify available options for consideration.
  • We continue to update the MCM Updates page of our website as new information becomes available.
  • It’s important to note that MCM does not represent any other marina operators and so will not accept any role or responsibility in any possible arrangements between such other operators and MCM moorage customers.

“What happens after May 31st if boats or sheds are still there?”

  • Other than the specified exception groups, all equipment must be removed by May 31, 2024; this is a firm deadline.
  • Anyone who has not removed their property by May 31 will be mooring in an unlicensed slip and MCM will be required to deal with the vessels at the owners’ expense.
  • Moorage agreements do not grant any rights to moorage customers to continue in occupation of berths beyond their current expiration dates.

“Will you compensate owners for the loss of value of their assets due to this decision?”

  • All current MCM moorage licenses are time-limited. They do not grant moorage customers any rights beyond the license expiration. 
  • There will be no compensation paid by MCM.

“Will Nch’ḵay provide longer licenses for Float Home residential occupants?”

  • The marina designation does not provide tenure beyond 12-month time-limited moorage license agreements.

“How will the repairs and demolition be done? Will there be noise? Will you use barges or a parking lot? How will this affect the Floating Homes?”

  • We are in the process of planning and mapping out Float Home relocations. Once the details are finalized, everyone will be thoroughly informed. 
  • We will work with the Float Home and Live-Aboard moorage customers to ensure limited disruption to them.
  • If we require Float Home and Live-Aboard moorage customers to move, we will provide ample notice, as well as cover transportation costs and any charges for having utilities hooked up.

MOORAGE CUSTOMER COMMUNICATIONS & ENGAGEMENT 

DATE(MM/DD/YY)SUMMARYLINK
05/03/24Memo provides an overview of what each Moorage Customer Group can expect in the months ahead, additional details of the Marina Decommissioning Plans, a reminder about Sewage Discharge Management, and information about an upcoming Coastal Engineering Study.PDF
05/03/24Reminder letter to Non-Liveaboard Moorage Customers re: May 31 deadline to remove property from Mosquito Creek Marina.PDF
03/01/24Decommissioning update and information about moorage licence extensions emailed to all moorage customers; summary memo posted to website.Summary memo PDF
02/27/24List of contact information for 18 marinas/facilities with availability emailed to all moorage customers and published to website.Link to list
01/23/24 – 01/31/24Moorage Customer Group Meetings took place. All were held in-person, with the exception of non-Liveaboard Boat owners due to high numbers/capacity constraints. Minutes were circulated by email and published online following the meetings.Live-Aboard Group meeting minutesBusiness Operators meeting minutesBoat Owners meeting minutesBoat Shed Owners meeting minutesFloat Home Owners meeting minutes
12/14/23Emailed all MCM moorage customers to advise them of plans for in-person customer group meetings to take place in January 2024.N/A
12/11/23Emailed all MCM moorage customers a follow-up Q&A document (7 pages) and uploaded to website. (Updated and re-uploaded 12/15/23 to reflect minor changes and clarification.)PDF
12/07/23Hosted virtual meeting for MCM Moorage Customers.N/A
12/07/23Follow-up message regarding new information about live-aboard customers emailed to MCM moorage customers, posted on website & shared with media upon request.PDF notice
12/05/23Initial notice given to MCM moorage customers. Emailed to MCM customer list & posted on website.PDF notice

External Moorage Courtesy Postings & Other Information

Mosquito Creek Marina (MCM) has been contacted by operators of other marinas, yacht clubs and other facilities who have indicated that they may have some openings for moorage and/or storage in their facilities. Please contact them directly to obtain further information. Please note that MCM does not represent any other marina operators and so will not accept any role or responsibility in any possible arrangements between such other operators and MCM moorage customers.

May 13: Gunderson Slew in Delta can accommodate a total number of 8 boatsheds. Please note, the water space is presently undergoing all the processes required to adequately provide space for their moorage.All prospective boat shed owners who require moorage will need to provide the following information:

  1. Age
  2. Length and width
  3. Hydro required (ie: 30amp, 50amp, 100amp etc.)
  4. Photos of exterior and interior
  5. Size of boat being stored inside

Upon receipt of all this information they will then review and have discussions with the owners on our terms and conditions.

Place Name: Gunderson Slew
Address: Fraser River 9366 Alaska Way, Delta BC
Contact Person: Roger Schramek
Contact Phone#: 604-720-5949
Contact Email: rogerschramek@shaw.ca

May 2: There will be a team on-site Friday, May 3, 2024 conducting a marina-wide, boat-based ROV (remote operated vehicle) underwater survey of the ocean floor. Customers should not expect any disruptions as a result of this survey work.

April 24: Pelican Bay Marina (Granville Island) sublet for May 1 to September 15, 2024 for a powerboat up to 31 feet LOA and a beam of 12 feet absolute maximum. Any interested party should email pelicanbaymarina@hotmail.com with details, or call 604 729-1442. The slip will rent for $5000 for the 4 ½ month period payable in full, in advance. No liveaboards or chartering permitted.

April 10: Page’s Resort Group on Gabriola Island has informed us that they have a few slips available. For more information, please visit www.pagesresortgoup.com, email info@pagesresort.com, or call 250-247-8931.

April 1: There is a 26 foot LOA maximum boat slip available at Heather Civic Marina from April to November 1. It is a sublet only. The marina requires boat insurance and license. Total cost is $525. Contact Elizabeth Vander Zaag at 604-626-5902 or zaag@telus.net.

Transport Canada Resources

Transport Canada has asked that we share the following memos with all those affected by the decommissioning of MCM.

Boat Shed Dismantling & Removal Services

Shared on behalf of Phase One Dismantling Services: “Located in Squamish, our ethical deconstruction service salvages the good and recycles the rest, diverting unwanted materials from landfill. We will reply to your inquiry the same day. Call or text 778-996-0428, or email phaseone.squamish@mail.com.Download the Phase One Flyer Here

February 27:

April Point Marina
Parksville, BC
Contact: Whitey Jones
Cell: 250-228-9448
Coho Marina Resort
Maderia Park, BC
Contact: Mark
Phone: 604-883-2248
Availability: Boat moorage 25’ or less
Otter Bay Marina
Pender Island, BC
Contact: Lisa
Cell: 250-629-3579
Email: info@otterbay-marina.ca
Dave’s Boat Storage
Abbotsford, BC
Contact: Dave
Phone: 604-302-5604
Email: storage8064@gmail.com
Availability: Boat storage, dryland
Crescent Beach Marina
Surrey, BC
Contact: Meghan
Phone: 604-538-9666
Email: meghan@crescentbeachmarina.com
Availability: Boat storage under 30’
Pelican Bay Marina
Vancouver, BC
Contact: Michael Jensen
Phone: 604-729-1442
Email: pelicanbaymarina@hotmail.com
Availability: LOB under 30’
Quayside Marina
Vancouver, BC
Contact: Richard
Phone: 604-681-9115
Email: qsmarina@rservice.ca
Availability: 60’ slip and 35’ slip
Reed Point Marina
Port Moody, BC
Phone: 604-937-1600
Email: office@reedpoint.com
Availability: Boat moorage 20’ or less
Riversbend
Richmond, BC
Contact: Omar
Website: riversbendfloatinghomevillage.com/location
Availability: Float home moorage 40’x20’
Richmond Marina
Richmond, BC
Phone: 604-278-8612
Availability: Boat moorage, no size limit, no sailboats
Cooper Yacht Charters Ltd. (Northwest Explorations)
Powell River, BC
Bellingham, WA
Port Sidney, BC
Contact: Michael
Phone: 604-687-4110, 306-570-6377 (Michael), 236-326-4805 (Northwest Explorations)
Website: www.cooperboating.com
Availability: Boat moorage, commercial
Sunshine Beach Marina (formerly Beachcomber Marina)
Nanoose Bay, BC
Contact: Tony
Phone: 250-468-7222
Email: sunshinebeachmarina@gmail.com
Availability: Boat moorage, various sizes
Buccaneer Marina & Resort Ltd.
Halfmoon Bay, BC
Phone: 604-885-7888
Email: office@buccaneermarina.com
Availability: Boat moorage under 34’, several spots
Deckside Marina
Richmond, BC
Contact: Astrid
Phone: 604-317-8040
Email: info@decksidemarina.com
Availability: Boat moorage under 28’
Victoria International Marina
Victoria, BC
Contact: Steve
Phone: 778-432-0477
Email: steve@vmarina.ca
Availability: Boot moorage 65’ and over
Nanaimo Yacht Club
Nanaimo, BC
Contact: Laura
Phone: 250-754-7011
Email: nyc@nanaimoyc.ca
Availability: Boat moorage under 28’
Newcastle Marina
Nanaimo, BC
Contact: Tonya
Phone: 250-753-1431
Email: newcastle@shaw.ca
Availability: Boot moorage availability under 30’
Next Boat Trailer
Phone: 403-540-9921
Contact: Kolby Kafer 
Availability: Dry storage, discounted
trailers for Marina residents

Message from Next Boat Trailers

This message is being shared as a courtesy. Please note that MCM does not represent any other marina
operators and so will not accept any role or responsibility in any possible arrangements between such other operators and MCM moorage customers.

Dear Mosquito Creek Marina & Community,

Here’s a brief summary of our proposal to support the Mosquito Creek Marina community:

Exclusive Discounts on Boat Trailers: We’re offering discounted rates on high-quality boat trailers
for Mosquito Creek Marina boaters.

Partnerships with Dry Storage Locations: We’ll help direct and supply convenient and secure
storage options through partnerships with leading dry storage facilities.

Innovative Buy Back Program: Our buyback program offers flexibility, allowing boaters to sell
their trailers back if they find a better solution in the future.

Flexible Leasing Options: We’re offering leasing options for our trailers, ensuring accessibility
without a large upfront investment.

Warm regards,
Kolby Kafer – President, Next Boat Trailers | 403-540-9921 | e-mail: nextboatsales@gmail.com
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