Porpoise Bay float replaced

District of Sechelt

Christine Wood / Staff Writer
July 3, 2014 10:18 AM

The District of Sechelt recently installed a new float beside the boat launch at the Porpoise Bay government dock in Sechelt Inlet.

There’s a new float beside the boat launch at the Porpoise Bay government dock in Sechelt Inlet.

The new float is made of marine-grade polyethylene and secured with steel pilings. It replaces the old chemically treated wooden float that was deemed a “concern” by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“While it may also contact bottom during low tides, use of the more modern materials combined with a greatly reduced contact area brings a net gain to the marine environment,” a press release from the District of Sechelt said.

The new float system was installed on June 25.

“People should find it easier to get in and out of boats using the new float,” said Mayor John Henderson. “It adjusts more easily to changing tides, allowing people to step from watercraft directly to the float at or very near the same level.”

The float can be expanded in the future if the need arises.


An airport business development barbecue has been planned for Sept. 13 and Henderson has invited Barry Lapointe of Kelowna Flightcraft to be the keynote speaker.

“We’d encourage you to include speaking to your experience growing up and discovering the Sunshine Coast, expanding a small airport and lessons learned from operating the Kelowna airport. The ‘power of airports’ will be an engaging topic to the local community, and we hope it will be of great benefit,” Henderson wrote in a letter inviting Lapointe, which was included in the June 26 airport development advisory committee meeting agenda.

Lapointe’s secretary replied that he would “love to attend.”

Summer music

The Sechelt Summer Music Series began on June 28 with the first performers setting up on the lawn beside the Sechelt Public Library.

Local five-piece band Robotic Horse Mechanical Sun played their free set for an appreciative audience at 12:30 p.m. while Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis put on an evening show with special guest Dale Stavroff at 7 p.m. in the same location.

This Saturday, July 5, the Knotty Dotters, a female marimba band, will perform in the afternoon (12:30 p.m.) while Robby Luv Dub, a techno DJ, and NUA, a trio rooted in Irish and Scottish sounds, will play at 7 p.m.

On July 19 the lawn beside the library will feature Brothers in Farms and the Rakish Angles with special guest Lowry Olafson.

The free public performances will run all through July and into August.

Find a full list as it’s developed online at www.sechelt.ca.

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