The Case For Beach Nourishment

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Local Hero Finally Getting Well Deserved National Recognition


Barbados' Minister of Culture & Sports Stephen Lashley admires
the bronze medal won by local Road View resident Shane Brathwaite at
the recent Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Follow the story here: http://j.mp/ShanesHome

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Trapped On Mullins Beach



"There was a time, I used to look into my father's eyes
 In a happy home, I was a king, I had a golden throne, 
Those days are gone, now the memory's on the wall 
I hear the songs from the places where I was born..."

Am I the only one left in Road View/Mullins, who finds resonance in these opening lyrics from Sweedish House Mafia's hit song "Don't You Worry Child" as I try to walk the beach in the Mullins Bay area?  See, I was practically born on this beach, just over the road in Bayfield on the site where the telephone exchange is located.  I remember a time when there were no seawalls, no rock revetments, and no groynes breaking up a wide sandy beach  that stretched from Margarets (Greensleves) in the south to Speightstown.  And, although I am fully aware of the accelerated beach erosion in the area in recent years, it's still always a shock when I try to walk the beach and find that I can no longer do it.

Such was the case yesterday as I tried to go around the bend between Mullins and Gibbes beaches.  The massive seawall that was built to keep out the sea and people behind the beachfront villa - Four Winds - is being repaired, and so, the path along the top of it which allowed safe passage from the crashing waves below is blocked.  I had to turn around and go back.  I was literally trapped on Mullins Beach.

Does anyone still remember that there was a wide sandy beach behind behind Four Winds and neighbouring High Trees (formerly Higwood)?  Four Winds is a special case as it was listed for sale earlier this year for more than US$50M - a record-breaking asking price for a property on the island, if not the rest of the Caribbean.  I don't know if it has been sold, but there is currently a lot of building and rebuilding ongoing on the property, including on the seawall, which despite its depth into the beach, the sea had undermined.

So, they have built a sandbag cofferdam and are trying to shore up the seawall behind it with yet more concrete and steel.  We continue to get away with a lot of evil in the name of Climate Change.  When are we going to learn that beach-hardening does not work?  It destroys surrounding beaches, upsets the ecosystem, and kills tourism.

Talking about the ecology for a moment, also on an area beach yesterday a rare turtle nesting in broad daylight occasioned my having to call the local sea turtle conservation to rescue the eggs from the precarious position of the nest on the narrow beach where nests are routinely washed out every nesting season.

What is needed in Mullins Bay is a comprehensive solution for the area involving the removal of all or some of the haphazard, patchwork of seawalls, rock revetments and groynes, etc., and a program of beach nourishment (re-sanding).  Clearly, we cannot go on with the one man builds a groyne - forcing his neighbour to build a seawall - forcing the sand offshore cycle.  But I am not a worrying child.  "See heaven's got a plan for [me]."

Click here for more pictures of the construction/destruction around Four Winds.




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Friday, August 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Government Was Warned



18 injured in minibus accident | Barbados Today: "18 injured in minibus accident
Added by Dawne Parris on January 26, 2014.
Saved under Local News

Police have confirmed that 18 people, including the driver, have been injured in the minibus accident which occurred in Gibbs, St Peter just after 4 pm today.

Police PRO Inspector David Welch said the minibus overturned on to its right side when Wendell Piyotte lost control of the vehicle.

Among the 18 people injured, five of them are in serious condition, including Piyotte, a resident of Upper Mount Standfast, St James.

Inspector Welch said seven people had to be taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.

The accident triggered a mass casualty response which included police, six doctors from the QEH, and personnel from the ambulance service, the Barbados Fire Service, the Barbados Defence Force, the Roving Response Team and the Disaster Emergency Management."

'via Blog this'

People who say 'I told you so' are never very popular, but through this blog, a petition, newspaper articles, and letters sent on our behalf by the current and former parliamentary representative for the constituency of St. James North, the Government of Barbados has been warned about the dangerous driving and hazardous road conditions in the Road View-Mullins-Gibbes area.  To our knowledge nothing has been done to date, except the demarcation of a center line of the roadway.  The question remains:  How many more innocent lives Government is prepared to see sacrificed and/or maimed before it acts on the behalf of its citizens and visitors to the island?  This blog will continue to keep watch and count.

To the reader:  If you ever use the roadway on foot or in a vehicle in the Gibbes, Mullins or Road View area, or if you care about road safety in Barbados, please sign the petition.  Again, the life you save could be your own. 

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Speightstown Jetty Petition

Repair the Speightstown Jetty post haste in order to:

1. Restore a popular recreational spot for the residents of Speightstown and beyond.

2. Boost tourism in the area - as the jetty was also popular with visitors.

3. Help to ignite the rebirth of Speightstown - one of the hardest hit communities in Barbados by the global economic recession (re: the closure of Almond Beach Village, etc.).

Click here to sign petition: http://j.mp/StownJet

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Read & Weep

Demolition work began this week on Kings Beach Hotel.  Whereas we are glad to finally see the back of what had become a major eyesore in Road View/Mullins over the last several years, it also is the end of affordable hotels in the area.   No idea yet what will replace it but look for something more in line with what's already built next door - a monstrosity where rack rates are high, tourists are few, the beaches are empty, and employment is scarce.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Mullins Beach Welcomes Opposition Leader Mia Mottley


"Beach vendors and watersport operators are praying for a turnaround in the tourism sector, so they can continue to earn a living.

Yesterday as Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley continued the Rubbing Shoulders Programme, with a tour of the Dover, Pebbles, Holetown and Mullins beaches, vendor Robert Charmont was busy packing up his beach chairs and umbrellas having not made any sales for the day.

Charmont, who has 80 chairs and has been operating from Mullins Beach for the past seven years, said things have been “not so good”.  

He said since February the dire situation has forced him to turn to his savings which are almost gone.

“Money is not coming in. The little money I have put down for red days I have to go in it and pick, pick until things turn up good,” he said."

Source: NationNews.com

See also: Barbados Today


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Easy Access Mullins Beach

Mullins Beach Bus Stop (Inbound)

One of the things that truly contributes to the popularity of Mullins Beach is its easy access along the coastal road - Hwy. 1B.  Just shy of eleven miles (18 km) north of Bridgetown are located the Mullins Beach Inbound and Outbound bus stops at the junction of Hwy. 1B and Mullins Road.  Of course, if you don't want to take the bus, there is always free parking along Mullins Road.  Bus fare is just $2.00 BDS in each direction.  Check the Barbados Transport Board's website for times and schedules.  Just type Mullins in the search box.
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