Fintry Queen on the move

The Fintry Queen may be plying the waters of Okangan Lake again by next summer.

 

But this time, it will be making its home port in the South Okanagan, rather than Kelowna.

Monday night, Penticton city council directed their staff to enter into a five-year agreement with the Okanagan Lake Boat Company over a water lot west of the Kiwanis Pier on the Okanagan Lakeshore.

Andy Schwab, who bought the boat out of receivership in 2012, plans to build a $300,000 dock next to the pier to moor the

boat. When he first appeared before council in Nov. 2013, he estimated 28,000 passengers in the first year of operations, operating over a three-month period, and escalating to eventually operating the boat almost year round.

The agreement proposed by council reflects Schwab’s plans to grow the business, at a rate of $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 per year over the first three years, and $20,000 per year for years four and five.

Schwab said the Fintry Queen, which has been moored off Kelowna for the last nine years, really only needs a paint job to restore it to its former glory.

Summerland Citizens on Patrol (COPS) donated three two-way radios to the Agur Lake Camp last week. The radios are no longer compatible for use in working with the RCMP, but will be very useful for people travelling the road to Agur Lake, as a way of communicating with the logging trucks also using the road. Pictured here from left are Ruth Manning, Doug Hardman, Mirjana Komljenovic, Beth Bonten and Roy Cansdale.