Aquatic club refloats
By ROXANNE MILLAR
TWEED and Banora Point residents will no longer be marooned without a local bar and grill, when a revamped Club Watersports opens its doors later this year.
The Dry Dock Road building, which closed in the late 90s after going broke, is set to house a new family oriented bar and grill, function room and Irish bar.
Renamed the Aquatic Bar and Grill, it has been leased to Peter and Maryanne Blunt who have 20-years experience in the hotel industry.
The couple plan on developing a family oriented tavern with a chargrill named Ginger's, a bar called Skipper's and an Irish bar called Gilligan's.
They have plans to eventually expand and offer a prawn and oyster bar, pig-on-the-spit Sunday, local entertainment and a social club.
Mr Blunt was originally interested in purchasing the facility in 2002 but was later approached by successful purchaser Morgan and Banks to open the hotel in their planned holiday apartments development.
"This site has enormous potential for us and the whole community. When we get in full swing we predict to employ 100 people," he said.
"We are planning to market towards family oriented functions because we believe there is a market in Tweed for that.
"We will not be a 'club' though. The major plan is to turn it into a tavern.
"There will be a big push to bring kids here and make the facility user-friendly. What people want we will give them."
Refurbishment of the site has already begun, in preparation for an opening date sometime before Christmas.
Mr Blunt said little repair work had to be done to the facility, which was looked after by a caretaker when it was closed.
Plans for the long-term future will also include the development of a waterfront restaurant on the site.