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Floating dock set-up at Victoria Park delayed again, City of Charlottetown says

The many pedestrians who take a stroll along the Charlottetown boardwalk on warm, sunny days may soon be able to enjoy the water view by venturing out on a floating dock. Coun. Mitchell Tweel, the chairman of the city's recreation and parks committee, hopes the dock will be dropped in place by the end of May.
The installation of the floating dock along this portion of the Victoria Park boardwalk in Charlottetown has been delayed again. - SaltWire file photo
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The installation of the floating dock at Victoria Park in Charlottetown has been delayed.

The city initially hoped to have it in place in late June before the installation date got pushed back again to July 5.

A city spokeswoman said Thursday installation has been delayed again.

East Coast Docks, which will be handling the installation, is still working on the project out of province and things are taking longer than anticipated.

On top of that, the company is also waiting for a component of the dock system that had to be fabricated.

The city spokeswoman added that a representative from East Coat Docks indicated that the tides have to be at a suitable level for the installation to occur.

No date has been attached to possible installation.

The city paid $51,000 last year to purchase the dock for the park, about 25 per cent less than what is considered full price. It’s also less than the approximate $60,000 the city spent eight years ago putting in a floating dock at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

The cost to install the dock at Victoria Park will be $2,200.

The floating dock for Victoria Park received the green light from council at its June public meeting but it included a big asterisk.

Last summer, council passed a resolution in which people would be able to launch non-motorized craft, such as canoes and kayaks, off the dock.

But opposition mounted. Some residents said it would create parking concerns along Victoria Park Roadway as those with canoes and kayaks stopped to unload their vessels.

So, council decided last month to proceed with the dock as a pilot project with one catch — no one would be allowed to launch anything off it or dock to it.

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