Sunday, August 21, 2016

City Checks Out Snack Shop on Lake OWNER RESPONDS

Posted on 8/19/2016 3:07 PM by Duane Grandbois, Pete McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM
City of Vernon staff will be looking into environmental concerns from a floating snack shop in Okanagan Lake. Councillor Brian Quiring says the house-boat has been selling food and snack items on the water in Cameron Bay near Decliffe Road, near the former Camp Hurlburt. "I'm just wondering where the grey water is going off of that vessel. Is it being all contained then pumped out? There is presumably quite a bit of hand washing going on there," Quiring tells Kiss FM. Mayor Akbal Mund says there have been concerns about the business. "Some of the residents out there have complained to Councillor Quiring about, you know, is this legal? The city has no jurisdiction on the water, therefore, anything that applies out there has to be to the FLINRO (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) or the Ministry of Environment," says Mund. City staff say the business does have a permit from Interior Health. They will be contacting Transport Canada and provincial ministries -- which have jurisdiction on the lake -- to see if there are any concerns.

***** Further to this story Devin Seymour has contacted KISS-FM News and clarifies that they take10 gallons of water on board and take 10 gallons off when they're done for the day. There is absolutely no grey water that goes into the lake. The Seymour family is a highly respected heritage family in the North Okanagan and maintaining what Okanagan Lake stands for has always been a family tradition.

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