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Provincial ministry takes action on Squamish lot

Abandoned cars and trash removed from the provincial land near Marina Estates, towed vehicles await owner retrieval.

The lot is less of a mess than it has been in years.

As promised, starting on June 13, the provincial transportation ministry towed many abandoned vehicles off its property near the Marina Estates condos at Pemberton Avenue and Loggers Lane.

"It's great to see that many of the abandoned vehicles were towed away, and the site looks better already," said Nathan Tack, who is on the Marina Estates strata council. Area residents had been bothered by the unsightly and environmentally hazardous condition of the property due to abandoned vehicles and trash that had been dumped.

On June 5, the ministry posted trespass notices on approximately 60 vehicles left on the property, in some cases, for years, as evidenced by tall grass growing up around them.

According to a ministry spokesperson, the towed vehicles will be stored pending their owner's retrieval.

"If the owners cannot be located or they do not claim their vehicle, the vehicle will be disposed of. Owners who claim their vehicle will be responsible for associated costs—towing and storage," the spokesperson previously told The Squamish Chief.

While the property is greatly improved, Tack said a few vehicles and some garbage remain.

"Hopefully, the ministry will continue to work on cleaning up the site and developing a long-term plan for the land." 


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