Bay-Waveland Yacht Club Nears Completion

BAY ST. LOUIS (WLOX) -- In about four months, the new Bay-Waveland Yacht Club will open its doors. Katrina, of course, wiped out the original beachfront club. Now, the shell of the Caribbean style building is just about complete.

"I think all of us are quite happy with the progress that's being made, the overall design, what the building looks like. All that I hear at this stage is very positive," said Ted Dawson with the yacht club's Building Committee.

The 15,000 square foot, three story structure that will offer club members lots of amenities.

"It's something like 11 percent larger than the previous building. The design is much more functional than the previous building," Dawson said.

Building Committee Co-Chairman Basil Kennedy said, "One of the things that we have, that we never had before, we have a private dinning room, we've got a state of the art kitchen, and we have a beautiful entry foyer that I think will knock the socks off of people when we get it opened."

Perhaps the best feature is a covered deck with a breathtaking view of the Bay.

"Our whole front wall is nothing but glass, so there's nothing to impend the view," Kennedy said.

Reopening the yacht club will be more than just a permanent home for club members who have been gathering in trailers since the storm. It will also mean the return of tourism dollars to the area when major sailing regattas are held.

"The people who come here from out of town, they have to stay some place, they have to eat. We hope they eat with us a lot, but they're also visiting other restaurants around town, they're shopping in the shops downtown and along the Highway," Kennedy said.

"It will be, I believe, a very visible step forward in the re-development of Bay St. Louis," Dawson said.

The Bay-Waveland Yacht Club is scheduled to reopen July 1st. The Lipton Cup Sailing Regatta will be held at the new facility in September over the long Labor Day weekend.