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This Was Not Preordained.

Robert Sampson

The chair of the Ben Eoin Marina is speaking out today.

The marina has been the focus of some scrutiny over the past few weeks in its connections with the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.

The Yacht Club is folding - and merging with the Ben Eoin Marina.

ECBC is buying the yacht club's property in downtown Sydney it's also helping fund the Ben Eoin Marina, to the tune of 4 million dollars.

There's been some speculation that the merger was preordained to help the Ben Eoin Marina succeed. Chair Robert Sampson says that's not the case.

Sampson says he's been working to establish the marina in Ben Eoin for more than a decade. He says it's a worthwhile project.

He says the marina's only involvement with the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club, was an offer of help last fall.

Listen audio (runs 14:18)