The Adrian Loveridge Column – The Rise of Concrete Monsters on the Barbados Coastline

Are ten-storey high hotels set to be the new ‘norm’ on Barbados and if so, what are the potential negative implications?

Clearly, any developer wants to maximize their investment, but when the land and buildings have reportedly been purchased at well below recognized market value, where is the imperative and justification?

If planning permission is granted, then how on earth will authorities be in a position to decline such similar sky-scraper projects in other parts of the island?

Imagine for instance, the now empty Silver Sands Hotel and the derelict former Harlequin ‘H’ project at Hastings being re-built consisting of ten floors.

But would it stop there?

It is easy to visualize, that even current operating properties, perhaps in their latter lifetime days, may choose to demolish and re-construct with far greater usable square footage and perceived improved viability and occupancy.

Established hoteliers may be driven into thinking, that this is the only rational way to once again try and compete in a clearly not level playing field.

We have witnessed the damage and implications that a barely functional sewage system has caused on the south coast, with several closed businesses and others brought to the depths of financial and operating despair.

Then the ongoing concern of the sea water quality.

Frequent water shortages are for many, everyday experiences, as still are regular and reliable garbage collections, despite massive increases in the cost of those services.

And that’s before we consider the consequential increase in parking spaces required and an affordable safe public transportation system to ensure additional employed staff are able to get to/from work, day and night.

All this, while our current existing hotels, who have not received the overwhelming benefits of cheap taxpayer owned land or unique one-off long term tax concessions, are struggling to pay vast increased operating expenses which include huge land tax hikes, while in a normal year, barely reaching an average annual occupancy rate of 67 per cent.

Most people understand the precarious financial position the current administration has been left with and the decimating effect on investment the previous Government has left during its ten years. But, the medium to long term remedy cannot be to give one or two chosen individuals or aligned small groups a distinct advantage over everyone else.

Let us for a moment imagine that each of the following existing properties along the south coast, opt to transform their current hotels to ten floors.

Butterfly, Sand Acres, Sea Breeze, Barbados Beach Club (sea and roadside), Bougainvillea, Turtle Beach, Dover Beach, Southern Palms,

Divi Southwinds and Rostrevor, just for a start!

Given that planning permission is granted to the Blue Horizon project, even though the sale was granted after the failed promise that it would become a Hard Rock Hotel, what possible refusal could be applied to any or all of the above named hotels?

And this is before any smaller operating hotels or vacant land plots along the south coast are put into the equation. Ultimately would this lead to private property owners and alternative accommodation offerings being forced to live in the sun denied shadows of new architecturally soulless concrete ‘monsters’ which may obliterate the few remaining windows-to-the –sea, for both locals and visitors?

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  • By going up, an architect may avoid going wide, on this only 166 sq mile rock.

    It makes sense to make best use of square footage and that leaves the green spaces protected.

    I agree on the issue of windows to the sea. But to deny that going up makes best use of building space is pushing the limits of logic.

    What Barbados needs is a holistic building policy, that addresses much more than just the number of storeys that a building has.

    What is the plan for the South Coast? For Bay Street. I have said already that Bay Street, stretching along probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Barbados, is under utilised.

    Barbados needs a plan that ensures beauty and viability going forward. Much of Bay Street is derelict. Government headquarters face the beautiful ocean view.

    This does not make best use of the beauty of the area.

    There is nothing wrong with going up, as long as it is done in an aesthetically pleasing way and utilities are addressed.

    Bear in mind, I write this while having utmost respect for Adrian Loveridge, whose we know has his heart in the right place.

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  • Add to your list the Oceans 2 in Dover. They will be demolishing the Salt Ash hotel and consrtucting a proposed 10 floors in addition to seeking to reclassify the road to Oceans 2 official entrance a private road. Residents in 4th Ave. Dover have beach access, as per title deeds, via this same road.

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  • Please note a correction to the above, being that Bay Street, stretching along Carlisle Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

    Also, how about yachts and cruise ships dumping refuse in Barbados waters, I am told off Carlisle Bay included. What of that?

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  • William Skinner

    Investors are going to want a certain amount of rooms in order to at least break even. Since land space is limited, going skyward will be the most economical to them.
    Tourism has been the major pillar of the economy for decades. We sat idly by and paid no attention to proper standards. All of these hoteliers were just interested in making sure that the small business person was systematically locked out.
    They did not even have proper garbage disposal procedures.Some properties in the Gap had their garbage disposal units at the front.
    Now that we are starved for money and caught in a compromising economic position, they are talking about planning that is at least thirty years late.
    Of course they find the gullible who are very unaware of how they projected the industry and literally destroyed the product by treating our entertainers and other tourism workers badly and in many cases with open discrimination.
    Day runs till night catch it!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Crusoe

    Your thinking is unidirectional. It has not made contact with all the factors that Adrian has made in his submission. May I suggest you re-read it to include other factors beside foot print of hotels that scrape the sky. There are other limiting factors besides land.

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  • @ William Skinner,

    Investors want to make maximum profit on their investment.

    The majority of hoteliers also want to make maximum profit.

    Barbados is now desperate for investment and until a viable replacement for the ” Tourist industry ” is found

    Investors and developers will call the shots.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hants

    Restructuring the industry needs to go beyond just building hotels. While Adrian is usually on point, there are several reasons why the industry is in many cases not delivering or cannot deliver.
    To ignore other factors would mean facing the problems over and over.
    You note the situation with Sandals and how all the negative talk has subsided.
    Personally I don’t think that any hotel over ten stories is aesthetically pleasing in our environment. I also don’t think we should allow anymore windows to the sea to be destroyed and or compromised.
    Neither do I think entertainers; beach vendors; taxi operators and other small business persons should be discriminated against.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants at 8 :24 AM

    Surely you do jest. At several thousand miles away that is a luxury that you can enjoy. We the residents have to deal with the fallouts from your misinformed ,uninformed and insensitive policy recommendations.
    Since these hills and fields are still our very own WE WILL CALL THE SHOTS.

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  • @ Vincent Codrington,

    I am a born Bajan and stiil have a ” field ” in Barbados so I am entitled to an opinion.

    If you calling shots I hope Hyatt will be cancelled, Accra beach will remain untouched and Heywoods will once again become a beach for church outings.

    @ William, I did not say anything about restructuring the TOURIST INDUSTRY. What I am saying is that there needs to

    be new income generating economic activity.

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  • @ Vincent who wrote ” At several thousand miles away “…

    I see that as 5 to 6 hours away. lol

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants at 10 :11 AM

    You may be 5 to 6 hours away ;but you do not live here. The social kickback is unlikely to impact you to the same extent as we who live the reality.

    Your patriotism and nationality are not at issue;nor your right to express an opinion. It is your rather glib statement that” investors and developers will call the shots”. Is that prophecy ,wishful thinking or inspiring?

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  • RE Barbados is now desperate for investment and until a viable replacement for the ” Tourist industry ” is found
    Investors and developers will call the shots.

    ONE MAY NOT LIKE HANTS OPINION ABOVE BUT HE HAS ESSENTIALLY STATED THE FACTS AND THESE FACTS CAN NOT BE REFUTED!

    HE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO OPINE LIKE THIS RATHER THAN DEPENDING ON HIS CUT AND PASTE POSTS

    MARVELLOUS!

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  • Hold on one minute, Salt Ash is planning a rebuild in the 10 story region? Please, tell me it ain’t so.

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  • Bimlass In Hertfordshire

    I can understand the need for foreign investment and investors to the island. However I don’t agree with towering blocks of concrete, Unfortunately Barbados doesn’t have the emergency services to cope with buildings that are several stories high, so there would be a health and safety issue. Yes they would block views and if any if the reports are correct the new owners are trying to privatise beaches I totally disagree with this practice .All beaches should remain public! There are many buildings that are along the coast which could be redeveloped instead left to rot. Bat Street especially! If the essential services such as water and sewage aren’t able to cope now, how could they with increased tourist population, and believe me if people can’t take a shower when they desire they are very quick to post their bad reviews.
    Yes have new investors, but have solid building regulations in place as to the height and whether the building plans fit in with the current culture of the surrounding buildings. Otherwise the beauty of the island will be defaced forever and it will just become a collection of high rise hotel like anywhere in the world and it will lose its uniquness and culture. Which would be so very sad. I would encourage the PM to look closely as these investors and their proposals, encourage them to invest yes but on your terms not theirs.

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  • What upsets me most is that the Island’s beauty is being replaced by concrete with little to no regard for the native. Do we really need more hotels? Are the current ones filled to capacity? Do we have the infrastructure to support additional builds? What happens when there is no more prime land for these investors?
    Can someone please preserve the little that is left? do something about the crime and drugs, support and encourage an industry other than tourism and keep Barbados beautiful

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Bimlass
    good points. Note however, that regulations and codes and zoning, remove the flexibility “persons” have to influence and be influenced.

    @Hants
    Skippa like ya better gah back where u came from? They got this.

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  • Barbadians are being told a pragmatic position must be adopted. There is a need for development also to protect the features of the island that define it and many hold dear as Barbadians. What do we do?

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  • You have to admire Mia’s audacity. She has convinced the nation that Barbados has an urgent need to develop their economy. She has been advised that Barbados should stick to tourism because it is industry which it is alleged to have a comparative advantage.

    It is now been proposed that what is required is a corridor of high rise buildings packed tightly along our coast from the west stretching down to the south. This government has probably predicted that there will be an over supply of hotels. And this is where they and the brains behind this idea have played a blinder. The majority of these hotels will be surplus to requirement. The question will then be asked: what to do with these white elephants?

    The answer to this question is evident. There will be a change of usage from hotel to real estate. The majority of these hotels will be remodelled or demolished and ultimately built to a higher specification. Buyers will invariably be relatively well-off and predominately foreigners. Barbados is pushing hard to encourage immigration. There are many individuals who are prepared to pay good money to secure Barbados citizenship. And a number of them will never set foot in the country.

    Any forthcoming development will be built in a defensive manner in order to keep out the locals. Once this fait-accompli has been realised then we will witness a sea change in Barbados. The foreigner will reside in the hermetically secure coastal bubble whilst the Bajan will be excluded.

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  • This article is trending, it appears to be a subject resonating in the bowels of Barbadians.

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  • Adrian Loveridge is a racist . I would like to see him write a column about when he first bought Peach and Quiet an decided to place massive rocks to make accces difficult to the swimming area opposite his hotel. Further more how has he contributed to the local area in 30 years .

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  • Vincent Codrington
    July 29, 2019 9:24 AM

    Vincent. Adrian wrote mostly about the height. The others things he said were a minor part. My reply stated a lot more than just height, when I stated about a holistic building policy.

    As you asked, his other main points were sewage and water. Those questions are not limited to a large hotel, those apply to every hotel.

    Maybe he is right, that every hotel should have its own sewage treatment plant and rain water storage and filtration facility.

    That would be fine by me and take the weight off government from expanding the sewage project.

    When is he building his own sewage treatment plant?

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  • I am not sure we as a destination have an material advantage in tourism anymore when you compare what other places that are on offer and consider the cost. Sterling reached the lowest level against the US$ yesterday for 28 months and the UK is still our largest market.

    I will not bother responding to the comments uttered by ‘Troy’ other to say that our 25 years operating a hotel has generated over $40 million in foreign exchange and probably about the same figure for tourism initiatives that we have directly created and operated, some of which are still current like re-DISCOVER (www.re-discover.com)

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  • I find it hard to believe that anyone would want to build at sea level with all the doomsday predictions I have heard, what do the buiders know that AOC doesn’t.

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  • @ Adrian Loveridge July 30, 2019 5:39 AM
    “I am not sure we as a destination have an material advantage in tourism anymore when you compare what other places that are on offer and consider the cost. Sterling reached the lowest level against the US$ yesterday for 28 months and the UK is still our largest market.”
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    This continuing fall and possibly future plunge in the value of the pound sterling has rather serious ramifications for the Bajan tourism product.

    It could result in Barbados becoming a woefully unaffordable vacation for the ‘average’ British holidaymaker looking for a ‘value-for-money’ Caribbean destination.

    If Barbados continues to lose its share of the UK (and possibly EU market) how can any plans to create a hotel corridor for the tourism mass market ever be realized?

    Adrian, as a well-seasoned hotelier, you are quite knowledgeable about the almost insurmountable difficulties there are in trying to secure funding for capital works in your highly competitive hotel business.

    So the $3 billion dollar to be asked is:
    Which right thinking investor would sink hundreds of millions in funds in a sunset industry with the effects of ‘climate change’ expected to have their greatest impact on ‘small-island’ developing countries like Barbados?

    Barbados needs to get back to basics. The tired-looking lady needs a good clean-up, a well-done facelift and to recapture that reputation for good entertainment and ‘quality’ service with a genuine smile; not ugly-looking oversized new garbs (outdated high-rise hotels) to make her look more like an overpriced old drag queen no one has their eyes on.

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  • Adrian those hotels you mentioned do you honestly think they had the forsight to build foundations for taller buildings or that the increased value of a couple of floors would warrant ripping them down and starting over , maybe the low rises but even then. My daughter came back from cuba yesterday raving about the new hotel she stayed at…. Barbados cant stop upgrading the tourist product if they are going to compete. The problem is how to make the upgrades needed , finding people willing to invest , while taking the the concerns of the people to heart …….. You cant ….remember he who pays the piper calls the tune.

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  • Barbados is in great danger of becoming yet another brash and glitzy Americanised holiday destination, full of multi-storey hotels and with loud and brash Americans, rather than the fun loving, exotic Caribbean island with its people proud of its history and culture.

    Barbados, it’s time to make your mind up. Personally, as a long-standing visitor to Barbados, I find this all very worrying – and as sure as hell there will be no going back -‘ Have a nice day’.

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  • Commisiong does not frequent BU now that he made Ambassador but he is still busy.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/07/30/not-so-fast-11/

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  • Forty years ago there were flat lands and rolling hills covered in sugar cane. That aesthetic encapsulated the colonisers’ view of the “island” ideal–rural, undeveloped, “exotic” and laid back–in essence, inferior. Today those fields are now flooded with big able concrete one and two storey houses, occupied by many here on BU now proselytising the importance of retaining an arbitrary and obsolescent “island” look. Should we have stuck to quaint villages, with wooden homes? The same folk want air bridges at the airport; four lane highways; the latest luxury cars; online bill payments; the latest fashion; eat salmon, caviar and other imported fancy food, fruits and vegetables; drink expensive imported wines and spirits; got the biggest tvs and latest and expensive electronics. Do these fit the traditional concept of that “island” look/feel we are here defending? Of course not! The fact is that the “island” ideal has and will continue to evolve and in the Barbadian context taller buildings must form part of this evolution. Tall buildings in the right places will not kill the “island”, especially when ZR conductors will still be asking yuh to squeeze ’round on the the Silver Sands route. What is encouraging about government’s plans is that the sites earmarked for redevelopment are brownfield sites. In closing, the argument that Blue Horizon would be a precedent for 10-storey hotels across the island is flawed. I also don’t recall any talk when the “high-rise” units were built at Valery, which is more unsuitable for 6-storey buildings than the Blue Horizon site is for 10 storeys.

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  • @enuff

    Nice prose!

    Your perspective can be borrowed to support a prevailing view that the advancement of concrete being planted across our lands must slow down.

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  • Keep dreaming
    How about building an efficient and reliable sewer system first
    If ever this dream make way out of the minds and head of this govt the sea would be a man made cesspool of sh.it and toxins
    Do fool wunna selves tourist and investors are not political dummies

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  • I would also like the experts to enlighten me on what evidence-base is rrquired to dermine the suitability of a tall building policy or planning application? Feelings?🤣🤣 #onlyponBU

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  • Some good news folks at least for us Bajans.

    Yesterday 250 pages of signatures of people opposed to the building on The Accra Beach Lot and 40 pages of supporting documentation and comments were delivered to the Prime Ministers office for her perusal.

    We now will have to await her response to the Barbadian voters who voted them in 30 to 0 to see which side of the fence the PM chooses to sit on.

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  • @John A

    Congrats to David Brooks and co. Citizen advocacy at work. We will wait to see if Mia ignores the petition like Freundel did hers #LoL

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  • How many of these erections will pop up along the corridor for construction to be later halted, thereafter leaving another blot on the landscape. God knows that we have enough evidence already.

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  • FearPlay my question is seeing the same bunch acquired Four Seasons “in the dark of night” from the last bunch, why don’t they go and do something with that location first.

    You see their plan is to first acquire as must as they can and only then start to build on what they then own. If I was the PM I would tell them not a sq ft more will we help you acquire, until you first build out the beach front you already own.

    That of course is wishful thinking.

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  • @John A

    Why are there no signatures to protest about the proposed “hotel corridor” on Bay Street? NO hotels along that beach!!!

    We must fight to preserve the whole stretch of of Carlise Bay as our national treasure..

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  • Hotel owners in the Caribbean are notoriously secretive, and seldom share information about their operations, even with government or university-based research teams.

    There is anecdotal evidence, however, that hotel profits in Barbados and other Caribbean islands are lower than in North America, despite the fact that many hotels charge visitors high prices for our superior tourism resources. Yes, our local electricity bills are high, but North American hotels have high property taxes and labour costs to deal with.

    It makes sense for local hoteliers not just to improve their operational discipline but to look for the savings that can come from ECONOMIES OF SCALE. One way to achieve economies of scale is to use bigger buildings (a 10-storey building is not a skyscraper), although as others on this thread have pointed out, the planning process for a property must make adequate provision for parking and disposal of wastes.

    Most people would agree Barbados should be diversifying away from its dependence on UK tourists, and that should mean building a few large, US-branded hotels to complement the current mix of British brands and boutique hotels.

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  • @ Dex

    I think why Accra was dealt with so aggressively by the public is that nearly every bajan at some time either went to at least once, or frequented Accra as a young person. The beaches down Bay Street north of the Boatyard I doubt 40 percent of Barbadians have ever used.

    The other point that angered Bajans was the silent way the fact that the beach front lot was kept from them as being part of the Blue Horizon deal.

    Truth is someone who was involved sent me the petition which I happily signed and forwarded to others. The thing is every single person I sent it to was not aware the beach car park was at risk. I blame the current government who were in opposition at the time for not making us aware of this 2 years ago, so they got to hold some of the blows here too.

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  • @Dex was there a petition for Bay Street?

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  • @ Heather

    I’m not aware of a petition for Bay Street.. I’ve written to the government via their web site about the proposed development plans for that area. Heard nothing back. Maybe the person(s) who did the petition for Accra could open it to us also since they are obviously better networked than I am.

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  • @ John A July 30, 2019 3:40 PM
    “FearPlay my question is seeing the same bunch acquired Four Seasons “in the dark of night” from the last bunch, why don’t they go and do something with that location first.
    You see their plan is to first acquire as must as they can and only then start to build on what they then own. If I was the PM I would tell them not a sq ft more will we help you acquire, until you first build out the beach front you already own.
    That of course is wishful thinking.”
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    Johnny A, ma boy, the miller is beginning to have the greatest respect for your ability to think outside that politically-tainted propaganda box full of bullshi**t.

    Why is the Four Seasons project (an approved work-in-progress) not being the focus of these hotel investment magnates?

    The location of the Four Seasons ‘development’ fits perfectly within the planned hotel corridor.

    That site, as an investment opportunity, is by far superior to attract the clientele which would bring dividends to struggling Barbados in much dire need of economic growth of the forex earning variety to save its sorry ass dollar from further devaluation now that the pound Sterling is about to turn to fools gold.

    What’s holding up the Forex earning Four Seasons project which must be accumulating land tax arrears by the millions?

    Is it the ancestral spirits of the Amerindians whose spring-fed village and burial ground (and former monkey sanctuary) have been despoiled and desecrated?

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  • When you read comments such as “Most people would agree Barbados should be diversifying away from its dependence on UK tourists, and that should mean building a few large, US-branded hotels to complement the current mix of British brands and boutique hotels.” These are the views of Ewart Archer. We can all see the levels of stupidity equally shared by our politicians and our business community.

    We should not forget that Mia has gone on record to state that Barbados’ population is too small.

    Again we have to ask the serious question. Is in the Caribbean region capable of governing itself?

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  • @John A

    I hear you. A lot of Bajans might not use Brownes Beach, (although I believe a lot do use that beach) but even if they just drive past it on their journey, that view must be preserved. One of the best beaches in Barbados.

    Good to see people supporting the petition for preserving Accra. Citizens must be kept informed by government as part of the planning process. People should be empowered to challenge the developers and government via the process.

    This random, adhoc building program does not bode well for the future.

    These problems arise because of the absence of a clear, robust and enforceable planning policy. The PDP outlines basic aspirations for development, but it does not represent anything near a planning framework from which a policy could be derived. Barbados needs the expertise of an experienced policy development team for the built and the natural environment, to help develop policies which are independent of favour, or affiliation to party or person.

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  • @ Miller.

    Thank you. Let me tell you what I am having a hard time understanding about the delay on Four Seasons and tell me if as an investor you would see it differently.

    If you bought Four Seasons cheap with several properties nearly completed and a considerable amount of infrastructure already in place, would you not as an investor finish that and convert it into a return before you go trying at another project that you must now start from scratch? Instead of doing that you leave it there and then continue in your beach front land grab. Whats worst is instead of government telling you to do something with that first, they act as the middle man or woman, by forcefully acquiring more land for you to own.

    I have a serious problem with this whole mess and while others may choose to ignore it, the intention of this bunch to land grab all the beach front they can, is now way too visible to ignore.

    My problem is I can’t understand why government is now assisting this bunch in obtaining their goal. Shouldn’t the way they have just left the Four Season project their to rot, not raise a few red flags with the powers that be?

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  • @ Dex

    I agree with you for sure that we are treated like outsiders in our own country sometimes. The fact that the beach lot at Accra was included in the Blue Horizon sale and not a man or woman who was then in the opposition, bothered to bring this to the public. I mean are we not the owners of that beach lot based on the fact that it is a public piece of land?

    All The talk at elections about transparency and taking the public Into the process of governing was a load of nonesence. After 15 months in power the Accra matter was not made known to the public by our transparent leaders was it.

    I am also closely watching that piece of beach front land that is now a car park just South of Mannings on the Pierhead. I would not be surprised to hear the same bunch will soon be buying that too at this rate.

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  • TLSN

    Do you think Barbados should NOT diversify its tourist population, and should instead remain heavily dependent on UK tourists at a time when Britain’s economic fortunes are increasingly uncertain because of Brexit?

    If your answer is Yes, then you are such a dunce there is nothing further to discuss.

    Regardless of your opinion, there are plenty of people in Barbados who believe the country should look for new tourism markets, and that the Americans and Canadians should be at the top of our list. North Americans are accustomed to using US-branded hotels, so it’s reasonable to consider some of those brands.

    I wouldn’t want to be a politician. Judging from this blog, Barbados is full of coarse, resentful people who like to insult each other. Everybody wants to be a leader, so there is a shortage of followers. My father was born and raised in Bridgetown, but he had the good judgment to live abroad until he retired. Like him, I keep my visits to the island as short as possible.

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  • @ John A July 30, 2019 9:11 PM
    “I am also closely watching that piece of beach front land that is now a car park just South of Mannings on the Pierhead. I would not be surprised to hear the same bunch will soon be buying that too at this rate.”
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    It is exactly that piece of manmade (reclaimed) real estate on which the ‘proposed’ Hyatt hotel should be built.

    Why should millions be spent on reclaiming ‘land’ from the sea only to turn it into a car park?

    Why turn one of the most expensive pieces of urban real estate- with a stunning view to the Caribbean sea- into an open-air crèche for Japanese and Korean mechanical donkey-carts?

    But we all know that Hyatt in its present incarnation of an imaginary erection is nothing but a scam to extract fees of all kinds (including finders’ fees) via the BTII.

    The front men of the Hyatt need to shed light on the ‘financing’ shadows in the background.
    Who are the money magnates behind Hyatt? Will the Hyatt be built with FDI or do the usual ‘local’ suspects have their eyes on the NIS funds?

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  • So much talk of building a hotel corridor but what happens to our tourists when they fall ill.

    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2019-06-20a.438.2

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  • @TLSN
    Let me add the Bajan Cabeat — “There are two sides to every story”.
    The story as related is horrible.

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  • David

    250, 300, 400 signatures DO NOT mean the basis of the petition is sound or the petitioners are right. What is the argument advanced for opposing the development? Feelings?

    I am still awaiting the experts’ response on what is their evidence-base for determining a policy on tall buildings and the suitability of a site for a tall building? Feelings?

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  • @enuff

    The feelings of the people should not matter?

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  • You don’t understand the feelings of the people well let me help you.

    We don’t want no RH hotel there, that simple enough now for all to understand!

    The attempt to cloak the sale of that land in secrecy and then pass it off in the Blue Horizon Sale without a word being said, was nothing short of dishonest. I hold both parties liable for this act of deceit as well. This one was in opposition at the time and had a right to speak out and let the public know what was involved, they chose not to. As for the other bunch I still waiting for sinkler to tell me why he refused an $11m dollar offer from a local hotelier to take one for $5m from another individual.

    People don’t have to give anyone a reason for their views. If that is their opinion they don’t have to justify it to the ruling party. Just like at elections they don’t have to state why they are voting B or D. Last time I checked i was not in Russia or China.

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  • @ TheOgazerts,

    July 31, 2019 11:09 AM
    You are correct, there are always two sides to a story. And yes, the story is horrid! On the web page just below the main title on the right-hand side of the screen you will see a link titled “See the whole debate”.

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  • William Skinner

    Coolaid the most dangerous drink on the planet.

    The Duopoly Rules

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  • @ William

    Not only dangerous but it appears drank by many without so much as a question as to what’s in the glass.

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  • @ Ewart Archer,

    I was genuinely taken aback with your suggestion that Barbados should be promoting US branded hotels to lure North Americans. Let’s say that if we were to build a couple of these hotels to satisfy this market then within a short period of time these same tourists would argue the case for the introduction of fast food outlets such as KFC, Burger KIng, et al. (I almost forgot – they are already present in Barbados). The next step would to be push for casinos, strip bars, north American theme pubs and the rest.

    Barbados is a Caribbean nation with a distinctive culture. It should not have to water down its uniqueness in order to appeal to the north American market. There are many who find North American tourists, particularly, Americans to be bad travellers, uncouth and lacking respect towards the local population.

    Less is more. We should reduce our tourist numbers and target those who are big spenders.

    Yes, let us diversify our tourist industry. However we should be challenging our government and private businesses to be more creative and to develop industries outside of the fickle tourism sector.

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  • @TLSN
    Thanks for that additional information.
    Bob Stewart seem to be chanelling Waru with his “Was there some kind of cosy arrangement or deal?”

    I find this part of the exchange to be very diconcerting:
    “How can we allow this man to continue his work in Barbados? What can the British Government do to stop it? Are we going to report the man to the Barbadian Government? And are we going to complain about how the port agent dealt with this case?”

    I am no lawyer. I do not know or care how thing with GG and queen work. This not case specific, but the idea of a foreign government being able to reach out and disrupt the life of a Bajan in Barbados is very troubling… Let local law decide…

    Bajans need to remember that there are a thousand ways to kill a goose. You are not being smart when you take advantage of a situation, you are only pissing people off.

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  • David
    The feelings of the people? How does less than 1% of the population represent the “feelings” of the people? Do we know the “feelings” of the other 99%? Again, where were the feelings of the people when them “towers” were erected in Valery? I also ask again, what determines the suitability of an AREA for tall buildings and then the suitability of a proposed tall building for a specific site? Feelings? If big strategic decisions are going to be made based on feelings, rather than robust evidence, then good luck to the government. Sometimes we have to do what’s best for the country and not what’s best for votes or the privileged, who shape and massage public opinion to suit their agenda. All yuh really getting mamaguy!!

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  • @enuff

    Time will tell.

    There is a heavy price the country is paying for the wholesale investment in tourism.

    Check this BU link.

    We need not include heavy subsidization of airlift to Barbados to hammer the point.

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  • TLSN

    You have a solid argument.

    But be careful what you ask for. If Barbados decided to reduce the number of tourists, and encourage only the wealthiest visitors, the industry could very well become MORE exclusionary over time, not less.

    Generalizations can be misleading, but there are many examples of elite tourist districts that eventually become high-priced enclaves, walled off from the regular folks on Main Street. Can the tourist industry be inclusive — and responsive to host-country concerns — if it focuses on the richest clients?

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  • David
    What wholesale investment in tourism are you talking about? Tourism from what I am seeing is only part of the plan, a large part yes, but not the only part. As I said previously, all countries prioritise their specialisation. It should also be noted that by the time any of these new planned hotels are ready for guests, Brexit would have be well entrenched in the UK. Should government wait until then to look at refreshing and expanding the island’s room stock? Is there a correlation between the type/quality of room stock and occupancy? I notice we are fast to throw external factors, in other words reality, into the mix when is suits our narrative but for some strange reason those factors are glaringly missing when they dispute our illusions of grandeur.

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  • @enuff

    Do you deny the country has invested wholesale in the tourism sector over the years?

    Do you deny that all of the initiatives the government is currently dabbling they will not move the needle to achieve the results we need given current state of the economy?

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