To the Editor,
I am writing in reference to Jackson Chen’s recent article on the sale of Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, “MBYC on the market,” and must say that I read Ms. Rosenshein’s comments about her club with a mix of bewilderment, amusement and sadness. Firstly, she mentions that “all we want to do is renovate and bring this property to the standard it deserves.” But I am puzzled how building two condominium blocks, a function suite and a yacht club building has anything to do with the renovation of existing club facilities.
Most people would agree that this has more to do with expansion of the club than the updating of it—in a zone where this type and size of development is not permitted.
Ms. Rosenshein speaks like a real estate salesperson (rather than a concerned club owner) when she says it is a “gorgeous piece of property” whose historic buildings stand proud in a wonderful setting. So why ruin that by overcrowding the property with five huge modern buildings? These buildings, by the way, will not necessarily generate any tax revenue for the village, but rather will be an additional burden on our infrastructural services.
Secondly, Rosenshein says that all she wants to do is “improve the club for our members,” which is somewhat laughable given she has seemingly failed to invest in the improvement of the club for years. The result has been that “true” annual membership is less than a third of what it was in previous years, as people have apparently become disillusioned by the poor state of the facilities and by the club’s emphasis on non-member profit making functions at their expense.
And the shame of it all, as Rosenshein states in the article, is that “the whole process has been unfortunate, lengthy, and costly for the club and taxpayers of the village.”
Although the cost to us as taxpayers has only been as a result of the club suing the village for
$30 million and receiving $825,000 in damages. It has also been unnecessary.
If, a decade ago, those development plans had kept within the zoning laws for purpose, use and
size, then Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, MBYC, would now be a thriving and conforming
membership club like the others in our neighborhood.
Let’s hope that any new owner will have the business skills to be able to turn MBYC around by increasing membership, updating existing facilities, attracting local community support, limiting development and keeping within the zoning code for our village, as the other clubs in our village have managed to do.