Yacht owners say they’re unfairly blamed for White Rock pier damage

Organization says it was the dock, not boats that damaged pier

Members of the Lower Mainland Yacht Co-op (LMYC) say they’re unfairly shouldering the blame for White Rock’s damaged pier.

Former LMYC commodore Susan Manz contacted Peace Arch News Monday to respond to comments made on PAN’s letters-to-the-editor page, as well as to news coverage of the Dec. 20 storm.

“All the news reports and a lot of the personal things that are posted on the internet are that the boats broke the pier, and that’s not accurate,” Manz said, adding that the pier was damaged after the float to the west of the pier came loose and carried the sailboats to the pier.

“The fact that the boats were attached to the dock, with the pilings still attached, it was the force of the dock that broke (the pier),” Manz said.

“The boats by themselves – if they had been not attached to the dock – are fibreglass boats. They would have just broken up, as they did anyway.”

The co-op had seven boats stored at the pier, all of which were destroyed.

“Three of our boats ended up on the beach, one of them in particular… was still attached to the dock,” Manz said.

Manz said that two of their boats were fully insured, while the others had liability insurance.

“That will pay for the salvage operation, the clean-up operation.”

Manz also took issue with a letter-to-the-editor written by Ole Nygaard and published Friday in PAN.

“That letter also referred that the boat owners also own the dock, which is also inaccurate. It’s quite frustrating to see that, that we’re being blamed for that,” Manz said, adding that the City of White Rock owns the dock.

City communications manager Farnaz Farrokhi confirmed to PAN that the city owns the west wharf, and it’s operated by White Rock Harbour Board.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

In-class instruction for Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows schools to resume June 1

Classes will be part-time, remote/at-home learning to continue

Maple Ridge Climate Hub urges city council to take action

Many neighbouring cities have declared climate emergencies

LETTER: Fearful guard dog training will bring undue noise and fear to Pitt Meadows

As a neighbour to another local dog-training facility, this resident pleads with council to vote ‘no’

LETTER: Friend claims dog training disruptive to ailing Pitt Meadows neighbour

Concern expressed with only 30 metres distance between a home and a proposed training facility

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping The News to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

BREAKING: Langley Gabby’s Country Cabaret announces ‘heartbreaking’ permanent closure

Owner Steve Gallagher ‘holds out hope’ of a new future for the 35-year-old nightlife hotspot

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Officials looking for answers after Abbotsford football star found dead in Sask. lake

Saskatchewan Health Authority looking into circumstances surrounding Samwel Uko’s hospital visit

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

Most Read