Leave Brown’s Beach to the people of Barbados!
Social activist David Comissiong made that appeal to Government on the heels of the announcement that work will begin in the first quarter of 2015 on a Hyatt hotel in the Bay Street area.
Comissiong told a University of Independence Square family gathering last night that the construction of the hotel would rob Barbadians of one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean.
He insisted that the beach that extends across the length of Carlisle Bay should not be the private space of the wealthy.
“Brown’s Beach should not be left to be a tourist enclave and playground but should be allowed to stay as it is for the use of the ordinary Barbadian people.
It is a popular beach for the ordinary Barbadian,” said the coordinator of the University of Independence Square.
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy announced in Parliament last Tuesday that two 12-storey Hyatt Towers will be constructed on the site of the old Harbour Police Station and Detco Motors on Lower Bay Street, the City.
Comissiong claimed that such a move had been years in the making. He said a group of business consultants had been working on a plan to use Brown’s Beach as the location for opulent hotels, and one of them had told him the beach was too good not to be used to bring in foreign exchange and foreign investment.
The attorney-at-law told the small gathering at Independence Square last night that any move to take Brown’s Beach away from Barbadians should be strongly resisted.
Comissiong also argued that even though Barbados will celebrate 50 years of Independence in two years, “we still operate a system . . . in which elite white individuals and companies are given privileged arrangements”.
Businessman Mohammed Nassar shared a similar sentiment, adding that large, white-owned companies have been forming smaller companies in order to get Government contracts that are reserved for small contractors.