As if approving plans for the three groins that have destroyed beaches in the Road View/Mullins area were not enough, the Coastal Zone Management Unit (as reported in today's Advocate) threw another spanner this weekend gumming up works to shore up properties damaged by the environmental nightmare they ordained. Property owners are now at their wits' end trying to figure out what to do next. On the one hand they are being told they can take emergency action to secure their properties, but on the other they are also being told taking such action is actually a long, frustrating and expensive bureaucratic process beyond the reach of ordinary people. In other words, if you don't have the resources and/or influence of St. Peter's Bay or The Great House, get off the beach!
And, they are doing it (according to the Advocate) because "CMZU [is] looking to prevent long-term damage to coastline." Where did this new religion come from all of a sudden? Where was it when they gave St. Peter's Bay permission to put down three groins a few yards updrift of a section of the coastline they (CMZU) knew was already experiencing erosion? If people in the impacted area must now jump through all kinds of hoops, probably also needing to mortgage their homes to prevent their belongings from falling into the sea, CZMU at least owes it to them to make available for independent public and professional review the studies they approved for the groins at St. Peter's Bay. This is not sitting well with a lot of people. We could be heading into a long, hot summer of heated Friday morning conversations on the beach.