Wa­ter­front not wel­com­ing to boaters

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

We of­ten hear that we should sup­port down­town Syd­ney. How­ever, lack of avail­able park­ing is an on­go­ing is­sue that not only af­fects mo­torists but also boaters.

This past Canada Day, four sail­boats and one mo­tor boat dec­o­rated for Canada Day came over from the North­ern Yacht Club in hopes of ty­ing up on the Syd­ney wa­ter­front for the af­ter­noon. The first place we at­tempted to stop was at the gov­ern­ment wharf where there were sev­eral empty docks avail­able. We were quickly met by se­cu­rity who in­di­cated we could not tie up be­cause there was a cruise ship on the other side of the wharf.

We left there and went to the old Royal Cape Bre­ton Yacht Club site and were un­able to tie up there ei­ther as the docks were still piled up on land. The me­tal dock sup­ports had been left in the wa­ter all win­ter and some have de­tached and fallen into the wa­ter com­pletely. We left un­able to tie up.

Why is the Syd­ney wa­ter­front so un­wel­com­ing to lo­cal and vis­it­ing boaters? We of­ten look for­ward to sail­ing over to dock and have din­ner at one of the lo­cal down­town restau­rants.

How­ever, when­ever a cruise ship is in the rest of the open docks on the other side of the gov­ern­ment wharf can’t be used and who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for the docks at the old Royal Cape Bre­ton Yacht club site is leav­ing the docks and the hard­ware to dis­re­pair rather than putting them in the wa­ter to welcome vis­it­ing boaters.

Where is the Syd­ney Down­town De­vel­op­ment group or lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce? There is lost op­por­tu­nity here, folks, for boaters to sup­port down­town restau­rants and busi­nesses.

Next week, 30-40 sail­boats will be vis­it­ing once again for Race the Cape. I hope they get a bet­ter greet­ing from the Syd­ney wa­ter­front than we did. San­dra Macleod Syd­ney

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