False Creek Tidings
The Newsletter of False Creek Fishermen's Wharf
VOLUME 6 ISSUE 3 WINTER 2001
BEST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
THE SUMMER HAS PASSED AND AS THE WEATHER TURNS COLD IT'S TIME AGAIN TO START THINKING OF THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY SEASON.
The False Creek Harbour Authority Board of Directors and Staff wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season. As part of the numerous festivities that happen during this time of the year the Annual Christmas FCHA Open House will take place between 2 & 4 pm on December 14 at the harbour office.
HARBOUR UPGRADES: Planning for your future!
The following projects are part of our ongoing plan to provide the best service possible to our patrons:
WINTER'S COMING With winter fast approaching, harbour users need to be prepared for high winds, heavy rains and icy conditions on the docks and in the parking lot. Please ensure that your vessel's tie up lines are strong and secure, your bilge pumps are working and in good order, the batteries charged and that emergency contact numbers are posted on the boat. The parking lot and the docks may be icy so please exercise caution when you are on site.
PARKING, PARKING, PARKING The FCHA staff wish to thank all harbour users who have ensured that their parking passes are up to date and on display! In the New Year you will require another pass. We will post signs when the 2002 decals are available. Users are reminded that all vehicles parked on site must have a valid parking permit and valid license and insurance. License and insurance refers to the ability to drive the car on the road. Storage insurance does not apply. If you have a guest coming on site, please make sure that they get a temporary parking permit from the FCHA office. Vehicles without a valid permit may be towed from the site without notice at the owner's expense.
ELECTRICAL FIRES Even with the power upgrade in the harbour, electrical fires on the dock are still a concern. It is the vessel owners' responsibility to ensure that when using shore power they have the appropriate cord and connector. Improper connections can lead to a fire. If the staff finds substandard cords they will be disconnected. Let's make this a safe winter season! Your cooperation is appreciated.
The False Creek Harbour Authority would like to welcome aboard two new staff members: Katie Fitzgerald as Harbour Manager and Sam Gillespie as Assistant Harbour Manager. Also new to the Harbour Authority, since this summer, are Commissionaires Bill Wilson and Jan Koza. Duncan McLaughlin, who is in charge of the Commissionaire's Patrol Boat, has assumed supervising duties.
Locker reminder: Payment for lockers for 2002 is due by January 01, 2002. If anyone would like a locker, please ensure that your names are on the locker waiting list.
The City of Vancouver has approved the installation of a secondary water meter to separate readings between water used in the harbour and water used in the land facilities. The Harbour Authority should see a significant reduction in the water bill. Harbour users are reminded that there are substantial discounts available if you pay for your moorage in advance.
SUGGESTION BOX: Making the Harbour work for you! The Board of Directors would like to encourage comments & suggestions from all harbour users. The suggestion box is located by the FCHA office by the glass bulletin board.
SECURITY IN THE HARBOUR: FCHA enjoys an excellent reputation when it comes to the level of security in our harbour. Many thanks to the Commissionaires and staff who take this responsibility very seriously. If harbour users notice anything unusual or of concern, please report it to the office immediately. Your assistance is important and helps us to do a better job.
FISH SALES DOCK This summer people discovered the Fish Sales Dock at the False Creek Fishermen's Wharf. Visitation was high and we welcomed a variety of fishers selling salmon, shrimp and crab. The Georgia Strait, in their Best of Shops and Services section, recommended Fishermen's Wharf at the north end of Fir Street as the "Best place to buy local seafood". We look forward to building on this reputation in the months to come. During the summer, many of the fishers at the Sales Float expressed interest in organizing a meeting to discuss how to bring more people to our location and increase sales. A meeting has been organized for: SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2002 AT 9:00 AM IN THE FCHA BOARDROOM for people who are interested in presenting their ideas.
CONGRATULATIONS! To Steve King and Karen McQueen from the "Long Trick" who were married on Sept 22nd in our harbour. Ceremonies were performed on their boat and a small reception was held in the parking area. Our thanks to Karen who, as many of you have seen, takes care of the flower boxes and baskets around the site and she & Steve donated the two Japanese Maples that now grace our sales float.