Split the Gap
The St Lawrence Gap should be split in two zones, with one side catering to visitors and locals who are interested in the party scene and other robust activity, while the other side should be a leisure zone for those seeking more relaxation and less hype.
That was included in the range of proposals and marketing ideas that a dozen students of the University of the West Indies offered today to owners of entertainment and accommodation properties and residents in the Gap, as well as tourism officials.
They gave their recommendations at Infinity on the Beach. General manager Renee Toppin described their presentations as stimulating and engaging and being “a lot more than I expected to get out of this morning”.
Coordinator of the UWI’s Masters in Tourism programme Dr Sherma Roberts explained that the students had been tasked to come up with a rejuvenation strategy for St Lawrence Gap, “in recognition that the Gap had a number of problems over the last few years”.
They spent 90 minutes putting forward research-based suggestions, which ranged from a ban on parking in the Gap, with provision for vehicle accommodation on dedicated spots outside the entertainment strip, to masquerade and Spring Break festivals.
Many people who depend on business in the Gap have expressed concerned that the once high traffic entertainment strip is on its death bed.
Just yesterday, Barbados TODAY reported on a call from spokesman for the St Lawrence Gap, Maxwell And Dover Residents Association, Adrian Donovan, for an urgent financial injection to save the Christ Church location from “death row”.
“A financial stimulus needs to be injected into The Gap for its revival, because at present it is on death row. There is no maintenance programme in place and the product looks really run-down. The Gap is too dark; there are a number of lights that are not working and need to be fixed,” Donavan had complained to Barbados TODAY.
His cries were echoed by several businessmen.