The Crane Hotel appears to be telling the National Conservation Commission (NCC) “this beach is mine”.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite tonight revealed that Barbados’ oldest hotel in St Philip is not prepared to lose control of the iconic beach to the NCC and is insisting that its guests were being disadvantaged by some actions of the state agency tasked with maintaining beaches and public spaces.
Speaking in the House of Assembly on the last day of the Estimates Debate, Brathwaite said the hotel, which is a major economic contributor in his constituency, was not happy about what was taking place on the beach that is frequently voted internationally as one of the best in the world.
“We have an issue at [the Crane] and that is in respect of the ownership of the beach . . . and in particular, access to the beach.
“The challenge that we have at the Crane, is . . . to what extent is the ownership of the Crane in terms of the land ownership; how far seaward it goes . . . and how they can monopolize the facilities,” Brathwaite told the House.
“They have had an ongoing dispute with the NCC for many years because the Crane believes it is being disadvantaged because it is paying land taxes for its land but the NCC is granting licences to a couple of vendors and [its] guests are being disadvantaged from time to time. They are not being able, according to them, to utilize land that they own and pay land taxes for.”
The St Philip South MP added that he was concerned a resolution had not yet been found.
“At some point in time it will come to a head. Of course, you are going to hear The Crane is trying to disadvantage the poor Barbadians,” he said, adding that there was another side to the story related to a land owner’s rights.