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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Yet Another "Highly Exclusive Beach Club" Coming To Mullins Beach

Yes, folks, count ‘em 1-2-3. Plans have been announced for a third beach club on little Mullins Beach. The Pimento Group has bought two houses on Mullins Beach with the intention of tearing them down to make way for a new beach club for “Mullins Ridge,” its upcoming development half a mile inland on the ridge overlooking the beach.  Mullins is already reeling under the impact of the presence of Royal Westmoreland taking over the Mullins Beach Bar and the Spa across the street. News of them “hogging” the beach has already been highlighted in the local media this year just a few months after the takeover and renovations. The massive golf and villa development at Black Bess Plantation already has plans for turning the Turtle Nest property it owns next door to the beach bar into its own beach club for the owners and guests of its soon-coming Banyan Tree Resort. The Mullins Ridge Beach Club will presumably be going up between Turtle Nest and the Sandalo beachfront villa of the recently infamous (Tetra Pak) Rausing family.

Unlike the sprawling golf and villa resorts at Westmoreland and Black Bess with hundreds of property owners and their guests crowding the beach, Mullins Ridge will only have about a dozen properties so their foot print on the beach will not be as large as the other two - or so we hope. Mullins Ridge is only one of at least three (3) nearby landlocked resorts the Pimento Group has under construction or on the drawing boards (the other two are located at Maynards, St. Peter and Mt. Standfast, St. James), so guess where all of these million dollar luxury property owners will want to see and be seen - Mullins Beach! One thing is certain, Mullins Beach will never be the same again.  It has changed and is changing not necessarily for the good of all. The sleepy little cove of casuarinas and poinsettias has given way to umbrella drinks and backrubs.

“The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
  Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon;
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the
uncircumcised triumph.”
--- King David
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  1. Another sad chapter in the life of Mullins Beach. When these clubs spread their loungers all over the beach nothing will be left for daytripers and the local people. It will then be for all intents and purposes a private beach.

  2. Well, it is looking like we will not be seeing that third beach club on Mullins Beach after all, at least not anytime soon and certainly not as previously conceptualized. Word in the blogsphere is that the company behind the project - Pimento Group - is the latest victim of the global credit crunch and recession. Reportedly, work on their project at Maynards has also been halted.