Although topics on this blog do not generate a lot of comments (not that I would not like that), from time to time readers do email their observations, criticisms and other responses, some of which have been posted here in the past. Recently, I received such an email that has caught my eye as it captures the spirit behind the activism of this blog. I have sought and received the writer’s permission to re-post it here to give it a wider audience.
from peter goddard xxxxx
date Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 3:24 PM
I thought I would drop you a line just to offer our 100% backing with regards to your save our Mullins campaign.
We have been visiting Barbados since 1990 and have visited your Island over 30 times, over the past 5 years the devestation of Mullins beach is absolutley a crime.
We are not rich people or millonaires, we are both working all year to save up to come to the place we call our second home, we rent a small house in the Road View area and spend all day every day of our holiday on Mullins beach, we are very good friends with a family on Road View and feel ashamed sometimes to hear of the foreigners buying all and sundry on Barbados, with no regard for the local people or the environment.
What can be done to stop Mullins disappearing altogether? On our last visit in Dec 2010 the beach actually did disappear, we have been told by our friends that the beach has come back a little bit, we will see when we come over this December.
It also disturbs us when the sea is rough and the beach is at a minimum, just a little sand left in front of the bar, but the whole beach is taken with Sunchairs for Westmoreland clients, which 9 times out of 10 don't have anyone sitting on them, discusting, it is complete disregard for everyone else either local or visiting. I was thinking of writing a letter to the Barbados Tourist Board to voice my complaints about the state the beach is in.
We have video footage of Mullins from our first visit to Barbados in 1990, you would not even know it was the same place, it is a crying shame and upsets us very much, how can something like this be allowed to happen?
Anyway we have completed the online survey and wish you well with your campaign.
Pete and Jan Goddard.