Media Release - Fuel to be Available to Boaters by Early July
Monday, June 13, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011 – The District of West Vancouver is pleased to confirm that permits for the Fisherman’s Cove Fuel Dock have been issued to a new marine fuel supplier. The new operator, Bruce Falkins of Fisherman’s Cove Marina Ltd., anticipates having fuel available by July 5.
Bruce Falkins says: “I am very excited to begin again the business of selling marine fuel in West Vancouver. This would not have been possible without the hard work of a large number of individuals and I wish to thank them all.”
For three years boaters in the area have been inconvenienced by not having the fuel dock. In 2008, the long time fuel provider ceased operations in Fisherman’s Cove and the site was not available to a new supplier until any and all potential environmental impacts had been determined. This was required by the former operator before a new operator could take over the business. A complete environmental analysis and decommissioning of the site was conducted.
Recognizing that a long term fuel supply in Fisherman’s Cove was of great important to the boating community, the District worked very closely with the former and future operators to ensure appropriate due diligence was achieved in a timely matter. Since 2008, the District has led negotiation between all parties.
Mr. Falkins is a West Vancouver resident and a longstanding member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. The new agreement will ensure there is a safe, consistent, long-term supply of fuel in Fisherman’s Cove. There are approximately 1,000 boats moored in the immediate area. This new agreement will likely reduce water traffic to Horseshoe Bay and other fuel docks in Howe Sound.
About the District of West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is the local government led by Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Council. Home to more than 44,000 residents, West Vancouver is a local government which strives to "inspire excellence and lead by example". Our Vision and Mission guide us to pursue our treasured quality of life and will be the measure of our success as a community. West Vancouver is a community built on innovation, a strong spirit of personal civic commitment and a deep value for relationships.
Director of Communications