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Bristol Harbour will shut down entire operation as pandemic causes ethical, business challenges

Bristol Harbour is shutting down.

The news came in a letter posted to its website on Friday, in which owners Todd and Laura Cook cited the pandemic as a major factor.

Plans are to convert the property away from commercial, and into private land.

“The COVID-19 Crisis has brought to light incredible challenges for the hospitality industry, including Bristol Harbour. We have faced the dilemma of how to operate a business designed to bring people together, in a time when it is our social responsibility to stay a part,” the duo said in the letter.

“With much careful consideration, we have decided to close Bristol Harbour. This announcement comes as the result of our family’s dedication to transparency, as we want to ensure that our guests and employees are safe and healthy,” they added. “Please know, the decision to prioritize the health and safety of our guests and employees over our business operations was made with the utmost care, concern, and due diligence. As a family run business, we cannot separate our family values from our business operations. As a result, we feel it is our ethical duty to be a solution in preventing the spread, despite the implications and sacrifices we must make to uphold this significant responsibility.”

They note the golf course will remain open to members only for the remainder of the year, at which point it will be shut down entirely.

“We recognize that Bristol Harbour is an incredibly special place, and while its commercial operations are not conducive to the world we presently live in, we are committed to breathing new life into our beloved property. Our family will continue to maintain Bristol Harbour’s incredible beauty and we look forward to transforming it into a personal property for our family to continue to share in many good memories to come,” the Cook’s added.



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