Tents pop up in downtown Courtenay

Grounds at former Palace Theatre have inhabitants

Several tents have popped up on the grounds where the Palace Theatre once operated in downtown Courtenay.

Heaps of clothing, propane tanks, bicycle parts, a baby stroller and other items are strewn across the grounds, which are enclosed by a fence at the corner of Fifth and England.

The City of Courtenay says the tents have been there for a couple of weeks. Since it is private property, the inhabitants of the tents are trespassing.

“It is the property owner’s responsibility to deal with the trespassers,” the City says.

A weather-beaten sign on the alley-side of the property lists the owner as First Nations Enterprises Inc., which has a Vancouver address. The signs reads: Prime mixed use site for sale. However, the company’s phone number is not in service.

“If it’s on City property or an eyesore, that would be a bylaw, so the City would have to deal with it,” Comox Valley RCMP Const. Rob Gardner said. “When it comes to being private property, it is the property owner.”

The owners could ask police to accompany and help keep the peace in case they decide to inspect the premises and chat with the tent inhabitants.

“Unless there is a court order or a court injunction, then we would step in,” Gardner said. “But other than that, we wouldn’t go and move people along or anything like that.”

Mayor Larry Jangula said the City, if necessary, could clean up the property and bill the owners. But the people would first need to move.

The Palace Theatre, formerly known as the E.W. Bickle Theatre, opened in 1940 with a screening of Boom Town, starring Clark Gable.

The theatre temporarily closed after sustaining damage in a fire in 2007. The building was demolished the following year.

Just Posted

Cannabis facility planned in Courtenay

Design up to 100,000 square feet

Pride Society of the Comox Valley set to kick off week-long celebration

The organization is celebrating Pride Week with a variety of events to bring the community together.

Major private donation to Kus-kus-sum project

Frank and Bobbi Denton, longtime residents of the Comox Valley, have donated… Continue reading

CONTEST: Win a pair of tickets to Sunfest Country Music Festival

Make sure to Like the Comox Valley Record’s Facebook page

3L happy with CVRD staff reversal of ruling

Company’s request for minor amendment to RGS was announced as defeated Tuesday, overturned Wednesday

BC Games’ Athletes Corner: What’s your favourite pump up song?

Check out what’s playing in the earbuds of BC Summer Games athletes before they compete

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018… Continue reading

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

BC toddler with ‘allergy’ to sun waiting for bone marrow transplant

Charlie Lock, 2, needs treatment for damage caused by rare disorder EPP

Most Read