Sandy Lane Regeneration Project (EIA)

Submitted by St. George’s Dragon

barbados_zoneThere is a notice on page 13 of the Nation today about an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of works to the beach at Sandy Lane. Read the EIA at this link. The scope of work includes 3,000 truck loads of sand being placed on the beach and some extensive sea defence works off-shore. The work is described as being “beach rehabilitation and marine conservation” but bearing in mind the extent of the work and the possibility that it might impact on the marine environment and other beach areas, the BU family might like to study the report and see whether they would like to submit comments.

Read the full reportSandy Lane Regeneration and Marine Conservation Project, Environmental Impact Assessment Report


23 Comments on “Sandy Lane Regeneration Project (EIA)”

  1. TheGazer March 25, 2016 at 5:18 PM #

    Let me be a bit sensitive and perhaps even idiotic..
    Barbados is not that big that a map of it cannot include St. Lucy. Reminds me of when I went to school and we talked of behind God’s back.


  2. Well Well & Consequences March 25, 2016 at 6:22 PM #

    Gazer..they are only interested in the project area. Thing about rising sea levels and storm surges, due to the low lying and below sea level areas of Barbados, the developers cannot guarantee they will be the only ones left standing….remember the tsunami in Indonesia, washed away at least or near 1/4 million people and they get many more tourists than Bim.

    But hey, if they have the money to spend and get approval… approval.


  3. Shaft March 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM #

    Marine environmental checks MUST be carried out, independently..! A full report should then be gained and studied before a single grain of sand is deposited..! Frankly, Sandy Lane cares only about Sandy Lane! Sandals did extensive work recently on the beach behind its grounds, now we’re hearing Sandy Lane doing the same.. Something is not quite right..?


  4. David March 25, 2016 at 6:38 PM #

    TThe TP department should be very careful giving permissions to mess with our coastline, nature is very unforgiving.


  5. TheGazer March 25, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

    I get it. But I stll feel the same way. And is Sandy Lane that much lower than the rest of Barbados? I can think of some areas of St Peters that would be just as adversely affected.

    The Dragon delivers a sermon in the following: “but bearing in mind the extent of the work and the possibility that it might impact on the marine environment and other beach areas”


  6. TheGazer March 25, 2016 at 6:43 PM #

    Was typing whilst David made a second sermon. And I am still peeved that St Lucy is missing 😉


  7. Well Well & Consequences March 25, 2016 at 6:48 PM #

    It might very well make the situation worse, remember these paper gods are only good at pretending to be gods, when something goes wrong, they are always the first to run back to the island of England or Ireland and leave the natives in the stew…but who will monitor and/or regulate them…certainly not the bribe taking politicians.


  8. David March 25, 2016 at 6:51 PM #

    Do we have an update on Mullins Beach? Last time we checked this area was being encroached by the sea in a major way.


  9. Well Well & Consequences March 26, 2016 at 6:29 AM #

    And Mother Nature ALWAYS wins, because she is a winner.


  10. TheGazer March 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    Barbados is an extremely small, low-lying and relatively flat island. To solve problems of coastal erosion and flooding by taking isolated actions here and there can have an impact on areas on other parts of the coast.

    A build-up of sand in one area can trap sand that would usually be transported to another area, causing an increase in beach erosion in the second area. One has to be careful that because of these action citizens are not displaced from a low lying area and then a few years later the land is ‘reclaimed’ by some hotel chain.

    We cannot continue to be always one-step behind the forward thinkers.


  11. David March 26, 2016 at 9:36 AM #

    Have we determined who are the movers behind Beach Regeneration Incorporated (BRI)?


  12. de pedantic Dribbler March 26, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    @Gazer re ” Barbados is not that big that a map of it cannot include St. Lucy. Reminds me of when I went to school and we talked of behind God’s back.”

    Seriously… OF COURSE it was behind ‘God’s Back’. If you lived in Bush Hall and had a girlfriend from St. Lucy it was behind his back if you had a car…and damn surely further behind his back before you bought the car.

    In 166 sq. ml, Bush Hall to St. Lucy is behind God’s back, OK!

    In Jamaica finding love between Kingston and MoBay is definitely more problematic but that doesn’t make that Bajan trip seem any shorter!…LOL.


  13. Due Diligence March 26, 2016 at 12:53 PM #

    Entity: Company
    Date Inc / Registered:24 October 2014


  14. NorthernObserver March 26, 2016 at 2:57 PM #

    I will guess that Sandy lane Hotel, and the Sandy lane property owners assoc who have access via an area immediately south of the hotel are both part of BRI. Jane’s Harbour, the private home immediately north which shares an entrance with the hotel, was bought by one of the Irishmen who own Sandy lane, McManus, and is likely involved. The report also mentions Allan Bay, which I believe is immediately north of JH. Both would benefit from the new north beach shown on p27 Fig 4.1. The next property north is owned I believe by Altman, Landmark.
    The report also references Heronetta and 1 sandy lane, this being the large condos at the north end of Paynes Bay frequented by the likes of Cowell et al So Fig 5.16 on p50 is interesting, because I know the beach between the public access and sandy Lane is very poor, see figs 5.33-5.36 on p78. I believe there are other private homes on this stretch of beach (Bon Vivant?) One might assume that while not necessarily part of BRI, their approval is needed?
    That said, various groins etc have been placed along this general area over the years resulting in beach growth and loss.


  15. Alvin Cummins March 26, 2016 at 8:56 PM #

    Where is the sand coming from? Is it imported?By Hard Rock?


  16. St George's Dragon March 26, 2016 at 10:23 PM #

    Alvin – read the report hot linked at the top of the page. It tells you.


  17. David March 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM #

    Project upsets beach operators

    Leanne Tasher,

    Added 27 March 2016


    TOO MUCH AT STAKE: Surf instructor Sam Inniss holding a petition form and letter requesting permisson to stage a protest. (Reco Moore)

    BEACH OPERATORS want town hall meetings on the proposed Sandy Lane Beach Regeneration and Marine Rejuvenation Project.

    They said the project, which is being facilitated by Beach Regeneration Incorporated (BRI) and entails installing breakwaters along Sandy Lane Bay and the adjacent headlands, could destroy the beach and business.

    A recent application by the BRI to the Town and Country Development Planning Office triggered an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report which was made available for public comment between March 25 and April 21.

    Surf instructor Sam Inniss, who began a petition against the project in November 2014, said the EIA was long overdue but might not address stakeholders’ concerns about destroying the beach.

    Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.


  18. Alvin Cummins March 28, 2016 at 7:09 PM #

    I have carefully erased the entire EIA report.It is thorough and addresses almost every concern I can think of. I am satisfied there is nothing to be suspicious about. The CZMU are good at what they do. A look at what they have accomplished in Christ Church; east of the Oisting Fish Market, along Welches and Maxwell, which has led to the growth of the beach in those areas; remember when the waves used to come on to the road at Welches? around the Esplanade, Browne’s Beach and the Pier head, should convince any and everyone of the worth of the project. From what I remember of a GIS programme this was part of the overall determination to remedy the problem of Beach erosion on the South and West coasts undertaken a number of years ago.
    I am sure it will benefit everyone when it is completed.

    My question is Has a study of similar quality been requested and commissioned for the proposed Hyatt Hotel on Bay
    Street. Given the growth of the Beach land in that entire stretch from Pebbles to the Pier head, this type of study is


  19. David March 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM #


    Have you seen Mullins beach and coastline in close proximity in the recent past? It is the beach Rihanna hangs sometimes when she is on the rock. You are an expert in coastal management now given feedback on the EIS?

    On 28 March 2016 at 23:09, Barbados Underground wrote:



  20. Alvin Cummins March 28, 2016 at 9:25 PM #

    @David and BU;
    Correction…”I have carefully read the entire report”…not “erased”
    and ” this type of study is necessary from easy, and of course Town Hall Meetings are imperative.


  21. Alvin Cummins March 28, 2016 at 9:47 PM #

    Apologies again Typographical errors: Should read: “this type of study
    is needed…”

    I am NOT an expert on anything. I am an observer, and I listen and remember. I am very familiar with Mullins Beach., ever since 2000 when I wrote letters to the newspapers about it. Remember when the proprietors of the Beach Bar wanted to build a wall to exclude the public, and there were protests? I was in Canada at the time, and wrote letters to the newspapers supporting the protestors. It is not now that I have been “involved”.The protests prevented the wall from being built. My part was a small part. If there is need to protest I will, but I don’t protest just for the sake of protesting or just to jump on a bandwagon.
    Mullins will also be rehabilitated. There are other beaches before it (the rehabilitation funding) gets there.
    All in good time.


  22. alexdanko March 31, 2016 at 8:10 AM #

    I don’t think 3000 trucks is enough..


  23. David March 31, 2016 at 8:51 AM #


    Why do you think so?


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