The Mack Laing House Report submitted to Comox council in 2014 includes the following statement on page 7: “The report found that Baybrook was the only one of two Mack Laing houses that could be salvaged to meet Mack Laing’s wish, explicit in his Will and Testament, that his ‘home be used as a natural history museum.”
Shakesides is the other house referred to in this statement and it is highly unlikely that this assessment has changed. The committee studying the future of Shakesides has advised Comox council to demolish this rotting, mouldy, rat-infested hovel and investigate more sensible ways to honour Mack Laing’s legacy.
As a Comox taxpayer, I fully agree with this advice and hope Comox council will vote to accept it. The MLHS and other dissenters are free to raise money to purchase the property from the Town of Comox or to run for Comox council themselves (which would require some of them to move here and pay taxes to the town like the rest of us do).
Publicly disparaging anyone who disagrees with their “vision” will do nothing but alienate everyone else in Comox.