|Mullins Beach January 2, 2011 (click image to enlarge)|
If Mullins looks like this, and it is supposedly one of the best beaches on the "Platinum Coast," you have to wonder what some of the others look like. But does it have to always be this way? We know for a fact that since last winter's erosion the
Last month we learned that Government has secured a US$30M loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to study and fix the problems of beach erosion in Barbados. It is not nearly enough given Mexico's spending US$80M to fix a 7-mile stretch of Cancun's beaches last year, but it's a start. Normally this should be cause for rejoicing but given the record of our local
Several years ago Government secured $75M from the same IDB for a West Coast Sewage Project, an urgent necessity if we are going to save our reefs - let alone have bathe-able/swim-able beaches; but where has all that money gone? No one seems to know. We still have no sewage treatment on the west coast and we are building yet more multi-storey beachfront condos. Where is the IDB's oversight in all of this? Do they give a damn beyond ensuring the collecting of interest on these loans on the backs of poor Barbadians?
Indeed, "'round here real [bleep]-up yuh!"
Click here for more pictures of the damage at Mullins Beach.
See also: Beaches On The Brink