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Yacht Club Owners: Future is Unclear, Lots of Challenges to Face

The owners of the Ludlow-Bromley Yacht Club have spoken publicly for the first time since Wednesday's destruction of the Northern Kentucky landmark at the hands of a wayward barge.

Steve and Andrea Gott posted comments to the yacht club's Facebook page:

Well, as everyone knows we experienced a tragic loss on Wednesday for ourselves our family our wonderful staff and thousands of friends and supporters. LBYC has been our paradise sanctuary for 23 great seasons and we are so sad to watch it be destroyed in five minutes. However, with the support of our family, friends, and loyal customers we are keeping our heads up while we continue to make progress in the cleanup process. We would like to give a huge thank you to all of the crew from local fire departments and police departments, the American Red Cross, the US Coast Guard, Local Environmental Management, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Homeland Security , and all other state and local authorities for the ongoing hours since the incident occurred. Thanks for the overwhelming amount of support, thoughts, and prayers that have been expressed, it has been humbling to the least. Even though we have our hands full at LBYC we maintaining our efforts to open the LAGOON SALOON ( just across the street from LBYC.) We will be open Tuesday October 8th for lunch At 11AM. While the future for LBYC remains unclear and there are a lot of challenges to face, all I can say is thanks from the bottom of our hearts & I WILL BE BACK

The yacht club was smashed by a barge in the early morning hours of Wednesday, and was destroyed.

No one was hurt.

The crash also shut down river traffic on the Ohio River for a day and a half, but that traffic eventually reopened on Thursday evening.

-Staff report