The Moorings
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Message From The Editor

On the Waterfront

As you will read below, last week the Oakville Yacht Squadron worked out its wrangles with the Town Council and secured its future. This did not happen without quite a bit of hand-wringing and while OYS is now safe, a fundamental question common to many boat facility situations remains: public access.

Yes, the waterfront is a public resource and yes, communities need access. But boating is vital in a breadth of ways - historical, activity promoting, economically stimulating etc. If some people want to jog, great! Feed the ducks? Terrific. If they want to enjoy a waterfront picnic and watch the boats, they should absolutely be able to do that.

But to watch those boats, there has to be a place for the boats to harbour. Nearly all clubs and marinas, while being vigilant with boaters' property, welcome guests and visitors. Getting involved is a superb, fitness promoting idea. If the facilities need to be reconfigured to make that access more flexible, that can surely be done (Toronto's Lakeshore YC is a fine example.) As we have seen in Oakville, with a bit of creative thinking multiple interests can co-exist and we can all enjoy our fabulous shorelines for years to come.

John Morris
Online Editor
Canadian Yachting Magazine
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