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Vancouver's False Creek fenced for 2010

Don't fence me in, says the operator of a Plaza of Nations-based dinner and dance cruise company.

James MacMillan of Pride of Vancouver Charters said he's worried a Tuesday announcement by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit could dash his dreams of Olympic dollars.

"Interview a Cambie Street merchant and you know the same thing is happening to us," MacMillan said, referring to retailers affected by Canada Line street closures.

The RCMP-led Games security squad plans to stretch a fence across False Creek, under the Cambie Bridge, from Jan. 25 to March 24, 2010 to protect the Olympic Village.

Security boats will escort boats that need to access east False Creek.

MacMillan said RCMP officials told him passengers would not be allowed to embark from the Plaza of Nations dock, despite the Edgewater Casino remaining open.

"They had private discussions with the casino for a year," MacMillan said. "We're one step from the casino. One of my boats parks right underneath the casino."

MacMillan said he is hoping for a one-on-one meeting with V2010 ISU.

Other areas subject to closures include waters near the Vancouver Convention Centre and Richmond Olympic Oval.

Howe Sound will also be patrolled by navy and coast guard vessels

Bob Mackin reports for Vancouver's 24 Hours.

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