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Three weeks ago the above photo of a portion of the beach between the groynes at St. Peter's Bay, Road View, St. Peter was posted on Facebook along with this question: "If the groynes are so effective in combating beach erosion then why is this fence being unearthed and toppled?" Well, it looks like we just got the answer from St. Peter's Bay. A visit to the same area yesterday found a work crew hastily shifting the fence inland several feet from where it was originally located. One could not wish for a clearer admission of the failure of the groynes at St. Peter's Bay than to witness this ignominious exercise.
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Last year one of the principals of St. Peter's Bay told a visiting Canadian journalist that people who opposed the groynes were "ignorant." Well, Mr. Big Developer, who's ignorant now?
This admission of the failure of the groynes should be cause for the
Meanwhile, also on our visit to the beach yesterday we again witnessed the pumping of dirty-looking water right on to the near-shore reef and into the ocean from St. Peter's Bay's sister development, The Palazzate's construction site. This has been going on sometimes day and night for nearly two years since construction started on this site. Who knows what chemical and/or other environmental and ecological hazards are in this water? Quite apart from whatever irreversible ecological damage this water may be having on the corals and the other sea creatures that live among them, as bad as and as irresponsible as that may be (a popular swim-with-the turtles site near Cobblers Cove Hotel is only yards away); keep in mind also that the groynes which are doing a poor job trapping sand have zero effect on trapping water. In other words - whatever construction-related hazards are in this water people (tourists and locals alike) are swimming in at Mullins Beach.