Wharf zone

Com­mu­nity wel­comes fed­eral an­nounce­ment

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cb­post.com

Kellys Cove Ma­rina re­ceives fund­ing to up­grade wharf.

Chris­tine (MacDer­mid) MacVicar can re­mem­ber as a young girl square danc­ing with her friend Mar­garet Ma­cLean on the wharf at Kelly Cove.

“There was a coal mine here back then. There was a rail­road in New Camp­bell­ton and the boats would pick up the coal at the wharf,” said MacVicar, who now lives in Syd­ney. “In our day it (the rail­road) was still there, it was a very busy com­mu­nity and peo­ple came from all over to set­tle here.”

They were among a crowd of about 25 to 30 who were on hand as Sen. Michael L. Mac­Don­ald, on be­half of Rob Moore, min­is­ter of state for the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency, an­nounced $32,310 through its In­no­va­tive Com­mu­ni­ties Fund (ICF) to en­able Kelly Cove Ma­rina to un­der­take up­grades at Kelly’s Cove Wharf.

“We don’t have a com­mu­nity hall. In the sum­mer, this is it,” said Don­nie Hamil­ton, trea­surer of the Kelly Cove Her­itage So­ci­ety. “We have a pretty strate­gic lo­ca­tion be­cause the en­trance is close to the Great Bras d’Or chan­nel. We get a lot of boats over the sum­mer months who stop in at night to wait out the tides or the winds.”

The ma­rina pro­vides an im­por­tant nav­i­ga­tional aid to boaters with a lighted bea­con op­er­at­ing on the end of the wharf. From a safety per­spec­tive, this ma­rina is an es­sen­tial com-

Mac­Don­ald po­nent to recre­ational boating in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

The so­ci­ety has taken on a few cap­i­tal projects to up­grade the wharf in­fra­struc­ture. Last fall they re­fur­bished the outer wharf, which acts as a break­wa­ter.

“We are go­ing to put a new ramp out to our float­ing docks and in­stall more sheath­ing on the front side of the wharf,” Hamil­ton said. “We plan to re­place some deck­ing, and the big piece is re­plac­ing the en­tire sec­tion of the wharf that faces Kelly’s Moun­tain.”

He said the to­tal cost of the work is ap­prox­i­mately $70,000. Along with ACOA's con­tri­bu­tion, Vic­to­ria County is con­tribut­ing about $18,000 and the so­ci­ety will make up the bal­ance, which is in the area of $20,000.

One of the ma­jor fundrais­ers for the so­ci­ety is the Lit­tle Wave Fes­ti­val in Au­gust, which comes on the heels of the Big Wave Fes­ti­val presently un­der­way in neigh­bour­ing Big Bras d’Or.

“The only way we can op­er­ate the ma­rina is with the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and when we need some­thing, they show up,” Hamil­ton said. “There is a core of per­ma­nent res­i­dents, and a re­ally vi­brant sum­mer com­mu­nity.”

The so­ci­ety's pri­mary goal is to pre­serve and main­tain the ma­rina.

“Look­ing af­ter what we have is a chal­lenge. We have about 14 on the board, and we meet a few times a year,” Hamil­ton said. “Cape Bre­ton’s Bras d’Or Lake is a vi­brant lo­cale with a rich sail­ing history, and we want boaters to rec­og­nize Kelly Cove Ma­rina as a safe haven that sup­ports sailors with an ar­ray of ser­vices to make in­land­sea-go­ing voy­ages safe and mem­o­rable. We be­lieve that these im­prove­ments will fur­ther en­rich the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence of our lo­cal and vis­it­ing sailors for many years to come.”

The ma­rina serves as a mul­tiuse fa­cil­ity for both lo­cal and vis­it­ing recre­ational boaters, swim­mers, sport fish­ers, divers, and kayak­ers. Although not a fullser­vice ma­rina, Kelly’s Cove of­fers shore power, float­ing docks, lad­ders, por­ta­ble toi­lets, and a launch ramp, as well as on-site ameni­ties such as pic­nic ta­bles and a swimming plat­form, with its most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to recre­ational boating on Cape Bre­ton Is­land be­ing its lo­ca­tion.

“In some parts of the coun­try this would be con­sid­ered a small an­nounce­ment, “Sen­a­tor Mac- Don­ald told the crowd. “These an­nounce­ments are im­por­tant to smaller com­mu­ni­ties. When you have peo­ple like the folks in New Camp­bell­ton who put their heart and souls into a fa­cil­ity and get a base of money, but need a lit­tle more as­sis­tance — that's where the gov­ern­ment and ACOA comes in and needs to be fully open to re­ceiv­ing and sup­port­ing these types of ini­tia­tives. Help­ing com­mu­ni­ties chart their own course to over­come chal­lenges, build on lo­cal strengths and iden­tify and de­velop strate­gic op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth.”

Vic­to­ria County Deputy War­den Fraser Pat­ter­son stressed the im­por­tance of the public be­ing able to ac­cess and en­joy the Bras d'Or Lake.

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Chris­tine (MacDer­mid) MacVicar, left, and her friend Mar­garet Ma­cLean, who were were on hand for Thurs­day's an­nounce­ment of fund­ing for im­prove­ments to the Kelly Cove Wharf, re­call a time when New Camp­bell­ton was a busy com­mu­nity with its own coal mine.

Hamil­ton

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