BYC wash­rooms clos­ing to pub­lic

BYC board cites lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - AN­DREW BROOKS

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

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