I was pleasantly surprised to see about half dozen visitors to the island sea-bathing between the middle and southernmost of the three groynes and thought they were staying at the condos at St. Peter’s Bay after noticing that the black ceiling fans (all the others in the complex are white) on the balcony of one of the apartments were on. I was later disabused of that notion when I noticed the visitors heading for Leamington beach villa next door as I was photographing (as pictured below) the formidable curtain fence being built to shield from public view The Palazzate currently under construction between Leamington and St. Peter’s Bay.
For all its pronouncements about building seawalls and villas on the beach too close to the water, and the firestorm in Road View over the groynes, I continue to be amazed that this seawall built right on the high watermark upon which they are hanging this temporary curtain fence has also been apparently “approved” by the Coastal Zone Management Unit and Town Planning. That mystery is only heightened by this new fence on the beach. What does The Palazzate have to hide behind this new fence? Who knew you could buy Permclad galvanized sheeting that
Moving on up the beach I ran into yet more recent beachworks which are also having a deleterious effect on area beaches. This time it’s the massive rock revetment and offshore breakwater (pictured below) built by Cobblers Cove Hotel reportedly to prevent diners at their “beachfront” restaurant being splashed by the waves.
These are pictures you will never see in any tourist brochure or Internet website promoting Cobblers Cove, so the question is why do hoteliers do stuff like this? The once picturesque and sandy Godings Bay has noticeably narrowed since these rockworks, and assessability to it from the hotel is now sometimes only possible at low tide. Did it never occur to these people that they could have used sand instead of ugly rock piles to replenish what years of storms and neglect had wrought by way of beach erosion? If tourism (and, therefore, good beaches) is so vital to our economy, why is government allowing all of this destruction along our coasts?
Talking about government, their record is not much different in Speightstown with the second “so-called” boardwalk secretly being built by Barbados Tourism Investment. As pictured below and elsewhere on this blog, it is truly a “boardwalk” from nowhere to nowhere.
As it was a very hot day, on my way back to Road View I decided to stop and take a dip, aheem, aheem, between the groynes where I had noticed some visitors bathing on my way to Speightstown. No sooner had I taken the plunge into the water I began to hear voices even though I thought I was the only soul around. Then I looked up and sure enough on the fifth floor of the second to last southernmost block at St. Peter’s Bay I spotted three people on the balcony where I had earlier noticed the black ceiling fans on. I recognized one of the two men as the main developer at St. Peter’s Bay by his trademark shirtjack. I could not hear what they were saying as they surveyed the ocean, the beach, the groynes and moi; but something tells me they are not too happy.
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