Another Window to the Sea at Accra Approved to Disappear

A losing battle is being waged by a few Barbadian citizens who want to see a characteristic that defines Barbados protected. To the blogmaster it does not matter if the government is BLP or DLP – in cahoots with the economic class – limited windows to the sea are rapidly being slammed shut!

One of the few windows to the sea on a congested South Coast about to be closed is the open area opposite Blue Horizon at Accra. You will recall the property was sold by the last government for a dime to Mark Maloney, Phillip Tempro et al. The late Reverend Andrew Hatch must be writhing and sweating in his grave God rest his soul.

A town hall is scheduled to be held at the Accra Hotel conference room @6:30PM tomorrow 18 July 2019, a mandatory requirement of the planning process. It is unlikely the meeting will change the plan but there is the Cahill experience to inspire dissenting voices.

Sign the Petition!


Keep The Sea Window At Accra/Rockley Open

Whereas, the residents of Blue Waters, Cot Road in Rockley and the wider Rockley district and adjoining Worthing and Hastings areas along the South Coast, have no issue with the concept of redevelopment and have no desire to stop this project as a whole, we however have some legitimate issues that concern its impact on our nearby homes, the surrounding infrastructure and the use of the existing beach access, car park, window-to-the-sea and the general environment.  Therefore we want these concerns considered with regard to T&CP Application Ref: 0267/02/2019 B;

So please sign and share the below petition if you share these concerns and believe that …

1.       The traditional Window-To-The-Sea opposite Blue Horizon at Accra should be left open as a legacy.  It is one of the last remaining vistas to the sea on that coast and the south coast of Barbados.

2.       Locals and visitors alike have been using that parcel of land for parking and access unobstructed and continuously for decades, and now have a legal prescriptive right to do so.

3.       The proposed 10 storey height of the hotel is out of character with the surrounding area, and will create shading and ventilation issues for the surrounding residential area.  There is also the major concern on setting such a precedent for the South Coast, especially established residential areas nearby.

4.       Given the above points and potential threat to existing road and sewerage infrastructure a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) must be done for the Blue Horizon/Blue Tourism Inc project, as presently proposed.

Dated:  July 15, 2019

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-s-office-planning-unit-barbados-keep-the-sea-window-at-accra-rockley-beach-open?recruiter=21389388&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=6f0b81c0-0bdf-0130-6c25-00221968d0e0&share_bandit_exp=abi-16710281-en-GB&share_bandit_var=v0&utm_content=fht-16710281-en-gb%3Av6

 

235 comments

  • “Why would you or anybody else expect the East Coast Road to be heavily occupied outside of a holiday or event ?”

    Isn’t the well maintained scenic East Coast a ‘window to the sea’ or locations only become ‘windows to the sea’ when development is contemplated and noise making is fashionable.

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  • Well………I for one am quite happy to see Bajans stand up with ONE VOICE on this issue, this is indeed monumental….

    ….cause these SAME parasites keep jumping in front each and every time in the last 70 plus , sucking up each and every opportunity and another generation of young black victims are left to continue the cycle of poverty because these leaches and parasites do not want to see not ONE GENERATION OF BLACK PEOPLE BECOME WEALTHY IN BARBADOS…neither do the traitorous black sell out rats in the parliament, bar association and judiciary…

    monumental indeed…time for the majority population to TAKE BACK THEIR COUNTRY…for their future generations going forward…

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  • @ Dullard

    Probability is not certainty. Econometrics is a serious discipline, but it is not economics.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ curley16

    Actuarial science is about statistical probability so a comfortable level of predictability is expected.. It does not ,however. deal with uncertainty. Please read Hals insightful intervention below yours,especially the last sentence.
    Of course there is Entropy which essays that it measures uncertainty.

    @ Hal

    I quite agree with your comment re econometrics although it was a requirement in my two postgraduate courses. At that time correlation and causation were not rigorously defined or decided upon.

    I do not think we should hijack this moot.

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  • Waru that is happening because the younger generation are more willing to speak out and use social media etc to make their feelings known.

    Accra is a beach that is enjoyed by all ages and races and it just shows that when confronted by a common problem, we as a people can come together and fight it.

    I too am happy to see this stand taken as the Government clearly this time has been warned “beware you are on hallowed ground.”

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  • David
    “As a people we are expected to configure our environment as an extension of who we are to be comfortable in our skin. And for our children. The intangibles that define barbadianna.”

    Barbadianna is not static, it is dynamic. Hence a roti from chefette is highly sought after and regarded. Bashment soca is now part of the Barbadiana experience, it wasn’t 10 years ago. The heights, terraces and gardens are now part of Barbadianna, many were once agricultural lands which were central to Barbadianna of the past (even though many of us now rail against land changing from agriculture to housing). Reading the Advocate was Barbadianna, now its BU. 🤣🤣 The sensible, traditional chattel and plantation styled architecture is now replaced by ugly boxes. We no longer lime in rumshops for pudding and souse, we go upscale locations. We configure our environment to suit our own self-interests, ego and self-aggrandisement, not one RH to do with the collective. So spare me the platitudes.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Dullard

    You have expressed your opinion and I note it. My task is not to change it.

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  • @enuff

    Change is constant, we get that, not destroying the coastline fits with defining change given we have been doing it for years. Ask the late Reverend Hatch if the channel to the great beyond is opening.

    Enough is enough!

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  • Wuhloss president Enuff…who pinch you..lol

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  • “Waru that is happening because the younger generation are more willing to speak out and use social media etc to make their feelings known”

    it’s essential for them and future generations.

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  • @ John A July 19, 2019 9:44 AM

    I understand that a significant quantity of the assets have already been sold off.. (and by the way) much has already been allocated to be sold too. There are a lot of foreign and local funds proposed for major building projects bubbling away in the background. None of which will have real quantifiable value to Barbados, but will definitely provide healthy ROI for investors. There no Capital Gains Tax in Barbados.!! Investors love it..

    Planning obviously have no idea.. Developers are running rings around them. I don’t know if there is a National Planning Policy, or what it looks like or how it is implemented. Turn up with big money and you can build anywhere. Planning does not have the expertise locally, then go abroad and bring it in. Learn from best practice.. See if it has been done better by someone else, somewhere else.

    I often seen developments in Barbados and I wonder how could that be?.. how could you get approval to build that thing in that location?

    Re: your comment about government. There is a desperate need for open government. Need for a Freedom of Information Act, but it will not happen without serious pressure from the citizens of Barbados.. I was startled by a strange, perhaps unintentional comment I heard from M.A.M at a town hall meeting in London. It confirmed to be that the masses of Bajans will continue to be told only what she want them to hear.

    I believe that Government business is the peoples business.. with few exceptions around of national security. Things don’t run that way in Barbados.

    Meanwhile, we can only campaign to preserve what little is left of the Bim for the people of Bim. Try and get Bajans engaged in government. It is a difficult process trying to bridge that gap. If we really mean business then we should speak out for both Accra and Carlise Bay. Stop Hyatt and that so-called hotel corridor. let get to it now.

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  • @ Vincent

    No disrespect intended.

    Didn’t mean to distract the blog but these sorts of things grab my attention.

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  • Now that the can of worms open let we discuss why an offer for $11m was refused and one of $5 accepted.

    We should really just take back the beach lot now for $1, as that is a dollar more than they paid for it.

    Now I going bet how this happen was this. The last MOF decided to sell the entity and it’s assets as opposed to just the property know as Blue Horizon for the give away price of $5m. By doing that the beachfront land would of ” ease through under the Conveyance quietly.” So the sale would not of shown as 2 parcels of state property, one being the beach front land, but simply the entity know as a failed hotel.

    I defy the last MOF or any involved to come here and say that this was not deliberately done so as to avoid this said issue from being public knowledge.

    So I must now ask the opposition at this time if this matter was brought to the house and if they were aware that the Beach lot was being thrown in the pot to sweeten the deal. If they were aware of it why didn’t they bring it to our attention then?

    So many questions and so few answers!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Dex at 1 :47 PM

    I agree with the positions which you ,John A and other commentators have taken up on this issue
    Already the young are angry and cannot say nor do not say why they are angry. When one lives on a small island and windows and doors to the beaches are closed,one gets a hemmed in feeling. The locals become strangers
    in their own land. The youth will react.

    It is in the interests of GoB to take into consideration the concerns of the citizens especially those directly affected. Right now, from where I sit, we are selling our birthright for a mess of pottage.

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  • “So I must now ask the opposition at this time if this matter was brought to the house and if they were aware that the Beach lot was being thrown in the pot to sweeten the deal. If they were aware of it why didn’t they bring it to our attention then?”

    since they are known deal sweateners themselves, they let that one slide, how would the taxpayers know the difference anyway, they have not known for over 60 years so why would this time be any different..

    …they however underestimated the power of social media…

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  • Waru so I must now ask if the opposition were aware why didn’t they do their job and make this travesty public knowledge prior to elections?

    I feel this was packaged in such a way that they all failed to look closer at what was being conveyed on the opposition side. Surely they couldn’t of known and said nothing, or could they?

    This thing looking real embarrassing to all involved ain t it?

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  • @John A
    “Probability is not certainty. Econometrics is a serious discipline, but it is not economics”

    @Vinny
    “Actuarial science is about statistical probability so a comfortable level of predictability is expected.. It does not ,however. deal with uncertainty.”

    But probablity is a measure of uncertainty.
    Probability ranges between 0 (never going to happen – certainty in a sense) and
    unity (1 – will laways happen – again, certainty in a sense).
    The numbers between 0 and 1 are a measure of our degree of uncertainty.

    I believe that you see probability in a too limited a sense – there is no human endeavor that do not use probability in some way.

    When an engineer talk of a “100-year flood” or the weatherman talk about a “100-year storm” they are talking talking probabilities. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and simulations not only make use of more powerful computer but has probabilistic models as part of their bedrock.

    Sometime ago, I ran into a lawyer and was surprised at his grasp of statistics. I have seen Jeff mentioned a few terms that make me believe that he may have been expose to some statistical modeling (perhaps, not much)

    Probability theory is nothing but common sense reduced to calculation – Pierre-Simon Laplace

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  • @Theo
    “Where is Gabby
    Wondering if citizen Commisong will turn up…”

    They have been sighted elsewhere. Even PLT turned up…
    Good job Peter,.
    The future if the country rest on the shoulders of men like you, Gabberts, Commie et al…
    The vocal minority.
    Keep up the fight….

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  • “This thing looking real embarrassing to all involved ain t it?”

    they all KNEW..that is how they operate, that is why none can lock up the other and the commissioner of police can be seen in today’s papers accepting gifts from the same insurance company fined for bribing a government official.

    it can’t go any other way, it has gone on like that for far too long.

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  • So we should not be hearing that Barbados police can’t lock up this person or those people because they are connected and PROTECTED BY GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND POLICE…we should not be hearing that this business man and that business person are untouchable no matter what crimes they commit in the country and against the people……no more excuses..

    “Gov’t Welcomes FBI Training Assistance
    by Julia Rawlins-Bentham | Jul 19, 2019 | Top Stories

    (Stock Photo)
    Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) have reached out to Government to provide training assistance in the fight against crime to members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

    And, it is an offer that has been welcomed by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, who also requested that training assistance be extended to the Force’s Financial Intelligence Crime Unit (FICU) and the Fraud Investigations Unit (FIU), where possible.

    Mr. Marshall made this request during a courtesy call with US Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela; Legal Attaché from the U.S Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Dempsey; Director of the Narcotics and Law Enforcement section of the US Embassy, Jeannette Juricic; and Economic/Commercial Officer at the US Embassy, Rachel Meyers, at his office earlier this week.

    Mr. Marshall admitted that the 32 murders committed so far this year were a “tremendous concern” for Government, as some of the cases were quite “horrific”.“I welcome your offer, and encourage you to pursue it,” he said.

    However, noting that the police were best suited to indicate what tools they needed, the Attorney General pointed out that government was equally concerned about corrupt practices in this country.

    He added that if there were opportunities for training in stemming corruption that could be offered to police, it would help to root out such “sophisticated” cases, as the investigative capacity in the FICU and the FIU needed to be enhanced.

    Mr. Dempsey noted that discussions with the Commissioner of Police included seeing how FBI agents could work with, and teach members of the RBPF new practices, which they could employ in the crime fight.

    “We live here, so we have a vested interest, so we are happy to provide the training,” he said, noting that a number of police officers had already benefited from training through the FBI National Academy.

    In addition, Ms. Juricic noted that the team would be able to engage more with local law enforcement personnel with the passage of the new financial crime legislation.

    Ambassador Taglialatela also acknowledged that there was a need for more training in the area of financial investigations.

    “It would be good to have your investigators work with our IRS (Inland Revenue Service) people because the cases would go much quicker,” she suggested.

    Issues pertaining to human trafficking and other matters were also discussed during the visit.”

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  • Prior to being sold was the land Crown land?

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  • Sometimes I see a statistics and I do a simple calculation and I just cannot believe what I read…
    “With five months still left in the year, Barbados has already recorded over 1 400 fires.”

    1400 seems excessive especially when it is followed by “Thus far for 2019, we have recorded 40 residential fires, out of which 14 were in the parish of St Michael.”

    1473 – 40= 1433… What is that 1433??

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/07/20/nature-fun-ranch-aims-for-murder-dip/

    Seem like this guys is contributing in a positive way. Too young for national honors??

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/07/20/bteditorial-tackling-the-traffic-menace/

    So I reading along and then I see this…

    “A recent study revealed that if at least 100 people carpooled, 2 376 000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year would not be released into the atmosphere and 33 million gallons of gas would be saved.”

    I don’t get it..

    Let’s say each of those hundred people carpooled with just one other person and so we have 100 less cars on the road…. so that’s like one guy using 300,000 gallons of gas…. Where he going? When does he sleep? How can he afford it…

    Please help?

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/07/19/about-turn-4/

    Barbados in a nutshell …

    BFA’s change of heart came a day after an article published in Barbados TODAY brought to light the plight of the Cosmos team which had cried foul when they met the Capelli Cup criteria for inclusion in the tournament but were not selected. What also made Cosmos management unhappy and complicated the matter further was that another team did not meet the requirement but were selected. That team was headed by a senior BFA official.”

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @TheOGazerts July 20, 2019 7:30 AM “Sometimes I see a statistics and I do a simple calculation and I just cannot believe what I read…1473 – 40= 1433…What is that 1433?”

    Bush fires and cane fires were everywhere during the dry season. Thankfully we are getting some rain now.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Miller July 17, 2019 7:22 PM “heritage Bridgetown with its urine-laced odiferous alleys blocked with waste of all kinds!”

    Please note that ALL of the urine on Bridgetown’s streets has been placed there by MEN.

    I am not sure how we manage to toilet train our girls by age 2 1/2 and our boys/men are NEVER toilet trained.

    If there were no men in Bridgetown, there would be n pissy alleys. This is a truth that CANNOT be refuted.

    Bajan women, even those pregnant with triplets, go before they leave home, and if an emergency arises they will find a restaurant with a toilets/sinks/soap The MEN will do their business anywhere at all.

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  • @SS
    Thanks. I’ve been away too long.

    I completely forgot about cane fires. Is there that much cane…?

    Everyone is burning bush ….

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  • KNOWLEDGE IS POWER….this information should be taught in schools…

    African history, the TRUTH…which could not be hidden forever…..can’t blame the whites for hiding this anympre…many if us were born with the kniwledge, tried to tell Black people, but the brainwashed refused to listen. They like being brainwashed with lies and treated like slaves.

    “Some excerpts from it read: ” The great ancient civilizations of Egypt and West Africa traveled to the Americas, contributing immensely to early American civilization by importing the art of pyramid building, political systems, and religious practices as well as mathematics, writing and a sophisticated calendar.”

    Excavated Olmec head with African features in North America
    Also, it stated that “One of the first documented instances of Africans sailing and settling in the Americas were black Egyptians led by King Ramses III, during the 19th dynasty in 1292 BC. In fact, in 445 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs’ great seafaring and navigational skills. Further concrete evidence, noted by Dr. Imhotep and largely ignored by Euro-centric archaeologists, includes “Egyptian artifacts found across North America from the Algonquin writings on the East Coast to the artifacts and Egyptian place names in the Grand Canyon.”

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1320743231288887/permalink/2809502002412995/

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  • Many of us were BORN with the knowledge…tried to tell Black people, but the BRAINWASHED refused to listen…

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U July 21, 2019 12:08 PM
    “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER….this information should be taught in schools…

    African history, the TRUTH…which could not be hidden forever…..can’t blame the whites for hiding this anympre…many if us were born with the kniwledge, tried to tell Black people, but the brainwashed refused to listen. They like being brainwashed with lies and treated like slaves.
    “Some excerpts from it read: ” The great ancient civilizations of Egypt and West Africa traveled to the Americas, contributing immensely to early American civilization by importing the art of pyramid building, political systems, and religious practices as well as mathematics, writing and a sophisticated calendar.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yet some black jackasses like the brainwashed GP are still accepting as gospel the stolen fairy tales defectively written in the image of the European about Adam & Eve Cain & Abel and the drunkard Noah and his three incestuous sons.

    As the miller has always argued, black people would never see the Light of freedom until they look to the heavens and recognize their true God which has endowed them with their black skin and stop worshiping other people’s idols and kings.

    Isn’t it a frighteningly true paradox that the people who evolved to be nearest to God have turned out to be the people most estranged from It?

    How else can you explain the brainwashing stance taken by black people, especially Bajans, against the cultivation and use of marijuana even though they have been told in the first chapter of the same book of fables that God created every seed bearing tree for human use?

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  • I always worry about GP…we have access to this information as i said..some of us who carry THE OLDEST AFRICAN AND EUROPEAN BLOODLINES……the oldest African bloodlines and the OLDEST European bloodlines are one and the same..seeing that Africans were in Europe long before anyone else as we well know.

    …not the inbred European bloodlines from 8 to 9,000 years ago who only just arrived……..but we with the ORIGINAL BLOODLINES…ALWAYS RETURN WITH THE KNOWLEDGE…..our bloodlines are THAT OLD….and that strong.

    so i have no clue why so many Black people…the ORIGINAL PEOPLES OF THE EARTH…are still so goddamn LOST..

    Miller…i refuse to blame Europeans for any of this lack of knowledge in BLACK PEOPLE going forward..they can cuss me as they like..

    Blaming Europeans for their crimes against humanity for 400 years is one thing….but blaming them for BLACK PEOPLE’S UTTER STUPIDITY AND REFUSAL TO FACE THEIR OWN TRUTHS…is quite another…..many of us have known the TRUTH FOR FAR TOO LONG…without having to be TOLD, so there is no excuse if asses don’t want to listen OR learn anything about themselves…

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  • Looking at the number of beach chairs on Accra Beach already, I wonder if our protests and Gabby’s song are too late? The beach is already gone. I have a photo to share but don’t see how to send it to this post.

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