Mac Fingall and St. Philip Residents ‘Fighting Back’ to Protect their Way of Life at Skeete’s Bay

Skeetes Bay

The Late Prime Minister David Thompson promised Barbadians before he died that his government would not allow the East Coast of Barbados to mirror its West Coast. In the Barbados Physical Development Plan the Eastern corridor of Barbados cannot be commercially developed. Now that the West Coast has been dotted with concrete structures with few windows to the sea and limited access to beachfront for locals, attention has turned to the South East of Barbados. There is a ‘catfight’ which is currently playing out to develop the South Eastern area of Barbados which includes Ragged Point, Eastbourne and Skeetes Bay.

Paul Doyle, the owner of the Crane Hotel, finds himself at logger heads with residents of Bayfield and the surrounding communities. He proposes to develop 88 beach houses on 44 acres of land (each equipped with a swimming pool) he bought four years ago at Skeetes Bay and Culpepper in St. Philip. He unveiled his plans to residents of the area at a town hall meeting at the St. Catherine’s Sports Club where there was standing room only. Residents of the area are concerned that the way of life they know and love will be interrupted by the proposed Culpepper Beach Houses Development.

The opportunity for residents to vent concerns about the project was made possible by well known Barbadian Mac Fingall who lives in the area.  Fuelling concerns for the residents of the close-knit Bayfield area is the proposal by Doyle to develop Skeetes Bay by adding a restaurant to provide alternate dining for guests staying at the Crane Hotel. Despite his many reassurances that locals would be encouraged to continue fishing, exercising and all the other activities they currently are involved, locals remained apprehensive. What makes the proposal by Doyle interesting is that Skeetes Bay is currently owned by the government of Barbados. No wonder the residents smell a rat!

The issue which Doyle faces if he wants to move forward with the development is that he needs to persuade Mac Fingall or one other local to sell their property which he needs to access his development. Both have flatly refused to sell. Fingall in an emotional delivery stated some things simply can’t be bought meaning that way of life the community as enjoyed since Adam was a lad. His plea was supported by another local Red Plastic Bag. The fact that the developer started to prepare access to the property and encroached on Finagal’s property has not helped Doyle Fingal Bayfield residents relations. It is evident Mac Fingall is accepted as a leader in the community and Doyle will have his work cut out to get this project off the ground..  Coming out of the exchanges, if Doyle is not able to persuade Fingall or one other to sell to get the required access to satisfy Town Planning that leaves Skeetes Bay.

BU congratulates Mac Fingall’s ;leadership and the residents of Bayfield and the surrounding area. Usually developers will schedule the mandatory two public meeting to discuss the Environmental Impact Study. The St. Philip residents led by Fingall have forced Doyle to come to them even before a submission has been made to Town Planning.

Minister of Housing Michael Lashley – who is a local boy – attended the stormy meeting and informed that his ministry has received proposals to support developments at Eastbourne and Ragged Point. Given the track record of politicians in Barbados when it comes to physical development and a land use policy, it is hard to imagine some of the proposals will not be approved. Is the selling of our finite resource worth it?


  • Follow what is happening at another development,Harlequin

    Update 14th February 2012
    Storm Clouds are gathering on the Horizon for Harlequin. This is one Storm that the good ship Harlequin and its senior Crew will not be able to Weather. You could call it the Perfect Storm created by Ames and his trusted Lieutenants and no one else.

    Harlequin are in deep trouble financially and are now hoping against hope that new investors will invest in the Harlequin Investment Fund.
    Banks and Main Stream Financial Institutions have walked away.
    HMSSE Harlequin’s UK arm have failed to date to file their audited accounts for 2011, an Offence in the UK. Harlequin refuse to provide Audited accounts in the Caribbean or more importantly can’t as their Caribbean Auditors are refusing to still sign off on the previous years accounts for Ames’s Caribbean companies over fears that they are wholly over stretched and not in a position to make good on their current commitments.


  • Thanks David

    This does not create an investment favored air for overseas investors….What this does for Four Seasons is create more stress for the Professor…I hope all Barbadians and more so politicians TAKE NOTE..


  • @ IslandGal,

    The people who worked on the crane were not all Bajans but mostly Guyanese and yes the conditions on the site were less than favourable to say the least.

    IT is time that we begin to stand up as a people, hurray! to Mac and the crew.


  • Based in media reports Doyle has moved back from the restaurant in Skeete’s Bay.

    The question remains: will the Town Planning approve the project with the narrow access if Mac and the others don’t sell?


  • millertheanunnaki

    “The question remains: will the Town Planning approve the project with the narrow access if Mac and the others don’t sell?”

    Why do you think the pols are not making political and electioneering capital out of this by being on the people’s side? The people behind the project have already been given the assurances with the relevant quid pro quo that every thing would work out fine in the end. Just let the natives let off steam as a nine day wonder. T&CP already in the bag.

    Money makes the mare fly!


  • The question is, can government acquiry a person’s property, to allow another private individual to benefit from it. my understanding is that only if the property is to be used by the government, can the property be compulsary acquiried


  • @islandgal246 | February 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM |

    stop living in a fantasy world. just because it never came to light does not dictate that Giselle fabricated it. i bet people like u go to baxters road often or used to (i never did nor would) and u would buy fish from the sellers but there was one who sold u fish fried in oil that was filled with dead cockroaches. no one ever talk about it but who knew never bought from her. yes i knew about it. i heard stories which i believed to be fabricated until told to me by someone who did it. they worked at a bakery and would ‘hawk up’ mucous from their throat and deposited into the dough/ no one knew, the bread was sold. u can choose to believe or not, i don’t care. nasty things happen and it is never reported. those two situations i know of, why should i report them? how could i prove them? except for the cockroaches swimming in the cooking oil, the one with the mucous had been bandied around for awhile and others like you choose to believe it was a lie – silly person u are


  • @Clone

    Let us give Pat Hoyos a pass.

    He always seem to be on the side of the rich foreign investor, remember Peter Allard in the Kingsland Affair?

    After covering the initial story not a column out of him when Allard sued all of Barbados.


  • more foreign dirty money funding so called projects in Barbados.
    i say like other islands that the land can only be leased not sold
    to who knows.mafia,gangsters,cartels,
    do we even know where this money to fund all this building comes from????????
    would be a good way to clean dirty money huh.
    gee i wonder……..?


  • Choc o Hussle
    u would buy fish from the sellers but there was one who sold u fish fried in oil that was filled with dead cockroaches. no one ever talk about it but who knew never bought from her.

    What don’t kill does fatten…In Asia they yam the ole cockroach and almost the entire bug family.In India its the BBQ field rodent ..rat. Not only baxters rd. but many other indoor establishments and prepackage food-ers. Caviet Empor pardon my latin .


  • It’s time Lashley and Estwick come clean or disassociate themselves from their SEATS come next elections.
    It’s simple Doyle or The People ?
    Mac has thrown down the gauntlet….


  • Correction; Caveat Emptor:

    Let the buyer (and the facilitator) beware


  • I have some questions
    1. Who are the architects
    2. Who are the engineering firm
    3. Who are the project management firms
    4. Who are the quantity surveyor firms
    5. Who are the building contractors
    6. Who are the construction firms


  • why not sell the whole of Barbados to the Americans. they will soon sort things out with the English.we could become an American state.
    that would be cool.
    look just sell all of Barbados to who ever got money who cares it is just our blood and sweat that built it and made it how it is.
    black and white slaves built this island.
    now our government [all blacks by the way] selling it to thieves and crooks from who knows where..
    nice one keep it up.soon some bombs may go off in little bim.
    what a pity.
    oh well money and a fancy car and a fancy tv and cell phone is all does matter to we stupid bajans.
    real cool.


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