Transient boaters have docked along the Willamette River in Southwest Portland, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Transient boaters have docked along the Willamette River in Southwest Portland, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — They may not be pirates, but transient boaters who have overspent their stay near the Newport Bay Restaurant have now attracted the attention of city officials.

Boaters are allowed to tie up four hours a day at the South Breakwater Dock in Southwest Portland, which is owned by Portland Parks. But some have lived there for months and Park Rangers just issued a second round of warnings to leave.

The popular dockside restaurant is closed during the winter months.

Beyond that, people who live near the docks told KOIN 6 News they don’t feel safe walking down there or even safe enough to share their concerns on camera.

Transient boaters have docked along the Willamette River in Southwest Portland, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Transient boaters have docked along the Willamette River in Southwest Portland, Feb. 12, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

One person said, “There’s too much drug use and if I hear guns, then obviously they have guns. Who knows what else they have? It’s a sad situation.”

Another added, “We see people who are inebriated and making comments to us and threatening us.”

City workers maintain this dock. One worker recently reported to the Parks Department she didn’t feel safe being in that area.

One of the boaters, Brian Grey, said he’s been there since December.

“I have a stove, a bed, a heater, basically a 5-gallon bucket for a bathroom,” he said. “I don’t think it’s right, I don’t think it’s fair like I have no anchors or nothing.”

Warnings issued Wednesday told boaters they had to leave now.

Parks officials told KOIN 6 News they are working to connect those who want help with social service agencies and getting that assistance may give them some extra time.

Others who remain will be issued park exclusions, which could eventually lead to criminal trespassing charges.

Park rangers did not say when they plan to take the next step.

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