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Vancouver to ban floating billboards

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Simon Little

It’s official, the city of Vancouver is moving to ban floating billboards.

The move comes after a 12-meter wide boat and barge mounted billboard appeared in False Creek in March, drawing numerous complaints from residents.

Last night, Council moved to amend the city’s sign bylaw, banning all floating signs larger than one square meter.

The move followed a staff report on the issue, which says the sign by-law does currently regulate signs “on waters within the boundaries of the City, including False Creek and English Bay,” and adds some of those waters are also under Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction, which also bans floating advertisements.

Patsy McMillan with the False Creek Residents Association says it was the right move.

“We’re very pleased about it. We’re pleased that the city has taken the initiative and the city manager has taken this initiative to get serious about. It because it’s a visual pollution intrusion into all of our lives.

MacMillan says on top of the light pollution blasting into residents’ homes, the billboard was polluting the air as well.

“It’s also polluting the air itself, because you’ve got a rather large vessel that’s using fuel that’s going around from False Creek to English bay and back from 7 am until 11 pm seven days a week, that’s a lot of fuel.”

Council will formally enact the bylaw next Tuesday, May 31st.

 Floating controversy

The issue cropped up after a company called Burke Billboards began operating in March, with plans to float the billboard between False Creek and English Bay daily from morning until 11 pm.

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The proposed route for the floating billboard

The company’s website, which now reads “down for maintenance,” claimed the billboards are visible from up to two kilometers away, and would reach an average of 10.5 million people a year, targeting festivals like the fireworks and tourist hotspots like Granville Island.

Transport Canada detained the vessel in March for not having a commercial certification, however, the billboard reappeared in April on a barge and towed by a smaller boat.

Vancouver city council passes billboard bylaw amendment

Burke Billboards started cruising a 12-metre electronic billboard in False Creek in March

CBC News Posted: May 03, 2016 8:18 AM PT Last Updated: May 03, 2016 9:09 AM PT

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Burke Billboards’ electronic billboard in False Creek in Vancouver in early March. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

The sign bylaw in question regulates signs, including those on waterways within city boundaries.

The now-amended bylaw bans floating signs larger than one square metre on those same bodies of water.

Earlier this year, Burke Billboards began cruising around False Creek with a 12-metre electronic billboard in early March, leading to several complaints that the display was “crass.”

The vessel was temporarily detained by Transport Canada because it wasn’t properly registered as commercial, but then returned to operation.

Oceans fall under federal jurisdiction.

The incident led to a report by city staff recommending the municipality change its bylaw.

The amended bylaw specifically prohibits floating signs in all zones, except small ones under one square metre, “to allow limited promotional advertising on commercial vessels.”

The changes define a floating sign as “a sign that contains third-party advertising and is mounted or affixed to a barge, vessel or other structure that floats or is capable of floating on water.”

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… floating advertising signs in False Creek and English Bay,” reads the report. … says Patsy McMillan, Chair of the False Creek Residents Association.

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The City of Vancouver is looking to crackdown on floating signs in False Creek and English Bay. Last month a 12-meter wide illuminated billboard …

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