Devastated beach in front of the old Kings Beach Hotel
with the groynes responsible for the destruction in background
Tourism and environmental officials in Barbados may continue to ignore this blog and its concerns about the state of the beaches in the Mullins Bay area, but they cannot continue to ignore forever the fact that tourists have begun to notice. Visitors to the area have begun to document and vent their feelings on the Internet about the destruction they have seen caused by private sector greed facilitated by government policy (or lack of it). The photo above was taken by a British visitor who stayed in Road View last week who was shocked by the devastation groynes installed by the developer of the St. Peter's Bay condo project and authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Unit have caused in the area. This photo and others were posted on the Internet on a site sharing information on Barbados with other potential visitors to the island. Word is getting out that Mullins Bay is a disaster zone. Pretty soon you are not going to be able to sell holidays, let alone condos or villas, in an area where people do not want to stay unless government does something about a situation that is getting worse by the day.
We are still feeling the effects of the global economic recession here in Barbados with lower visitor numbers projected for the coming months and delays in tourism related construction across the country. It has been announced that the condos at St. Peter's Bay are to start going on sale this coming December which means that in these economic times they are probably going to be priced nowhere near their original askings - of course, that's if they really want to, need to, or indeed, can, sell them now. As this blog has pointed out this project has already been a big disaster environmentally and socially; destroying beaches, uprooting a community and forcing other neighbors to spend money they do not have on sea defenses, etc. So, if it turns out to be also an economic disaster for the developers and the government, they have only themselves to blame, and few if any tears in the community.
Another photo by British visitor of the area around the bend from Kings Beach
showing beach narrowed by encroaching shoreline and half million dollars
worth of rock revetments and other sea defenses.