Readers of this blog and the Nation newspaper will probably remember the house pictured above which became the postcard for the environmental disaster in the Road View and the Mullins Bay area. Well, this morning saw Marenco Ltd., the company contracted by the neighboring beachfront villa - The Great House - to carry out protection works on its property, make good on its promise to also assist neighboring property owners of limited means in bolstering their belongings against the devastating erosion visited upon the area by wrath of the sea compounded by three groins a few hundred yards to the north constructed to create a wider beach for an upmarket condo project. Boulders were set in place this morning in front of the home of local diving and watersports operator, Barney Bishop, who lives with his elderly grandmother and aunt both of whom are ill.
This blog salutes Tony Cooper and his team from Marenco who saw a need and filled it. They stepped up to the plate at a time when everybody was wondering where was the Government of Barbados. It is a rare demonstration of public spiritedness and the old Bajan sense of caring and neighbor helping neighbor. It also gives the lie to the misguided perception that the problem in Road View/Mullins is a rich man's and foreign investor affair and that no locals were being hurt. If the beach at Road View/Mullins goes, all Barbadians are the losers, and that is what makes Marenco's gesture all the more noteworthy.