BYC washrooms closing to public
BYC board cites lack of financial support
The Bras d’or Yacht Club (BYC) is making good on a threat to close their washrooms to the public this summer.
Commodore Eileen Woodford had told The Standard in March that unless a new funding model was secured to help share the cost of operating the washrooms, the club would have no alternative but to turn away the public by May.
In a follow-up phone call May 21, Woodford said that the final decision was made by the BYC Board of Directors at the end of April, and that the physical process of closing the facilities to the public will be completed soon.
“The signs [on the outside of the building] will be coming down by the end of the month. We’ll be putting locks on the door. We won't be opening the back entrance on the east side. We'll see what happens. No one has really come forward with any other support. So, the money that we've received, we'll be sending back,” said Woodford.
She called the action “unfortunate” but said members had given the board a mandate to deal with the issue over the past several years.
Access will remain for all yacht club members and patrons, including kids taking sailing lessons this summer. As for the approximately 25,000 annual visitors of Baddeck who will be down a pit stop?
“Maybe being without them for a few weeks will help identify another solution,” replied Woodford.
The Bras d’or Yacht Club voted to close its washrooms to the public due to lack of financial support from the community. Commodore Eileen Woodford says the sign will come down by the end of May. Photo by Andrew Brooks