Fintry Queen may need to be moved

A deteriorating Kelowna icon will not delay Kelowna's plans for a waterfront marina.

The future of an icon of the downtown Kelowna waterfront will not be allowed to delay the city’s plans for a new city marina at the foot of Queensway.

City council has given staff the green light to start the work needed to move the shore-bound Fintry Queen to Sutherland Bay.

The ship, a one-time car ferry that was turned into a paddlewheeler to provide tourists and dinners with lake cruises, has been tied up at the dock off Kerry Park for the last few years.

The company that last owned it has gone out of business, the boat seized by the courts and ordered to be sold.

Council was told there was some interest by one person who thought the Fintry Queen could be turned into a floating museum and restaurant. But council said that should not stop its marina plans.

Councillors want the old vessel shipped elsewhere to accommodate plans to issue a Request For Proposals for a new Kelowna marina.

The city wants the Fintry Queen gone from the downtown waterfront by next March and will need a court order to have it moved.

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