Split the Gap

Some of the UWI tourism students presenting their suggestions for rejuvenating St Lawrence Gap.
Some of the UWI tourism students presenting their suggestions for rejuvenating St Lawrence 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.

A section of the St Lawrence Gap stakeholders at this morning's session.
A section of the St Lawrence Gap stakeholders at this morning’s session.

9 Responses to Split the Gap

  1. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding November 9, 2014 at 5:35 am

    ..Ha….i never thought that i would ever see De Gap come to this dead point…….how can you take entertainment out of tourism an then complain??…yuh all think just bcause the tourist come for relaxation yuh all think they dont need the action..???? yuh cant have your cake an eat it too……

  2. Bajan Starr
    Bajan Starr November 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Get rid of hustlers and scammers and I’ll come back.

  3. Alex Alleyne November 9, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Next ,you will ask for Zoning . In the GAP all you need to do is keep out the “JUNKIES” and dope sellers .
    Forget this “SPLIT-IN-THE-GAP” foolishness.

  4. Alex Alleyne November 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Next , you will want it GATED.

  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    BTA so damm stupid how can one have roboust tourism without any entertainment seriously look at other countries and how good entertainment is part of tourism,if they want to cater to old rich folks maybe no nightlife might work.

  6. Nicholas Bott
    Nicholas Bott November 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

    As an 8 time returning tourist I can say that the Gap has taken a steep decline over the past 5 years. We always bring newbies to the island with us and we don’t even bother heading down to the Gap. It’s overpriced and you constantly get hustled. The best part of the Gap now is the south end – Dover Beach, Barry’s Surf School, and you can get an authentic Bajan meal at Scotty’s for ten bucks. A lesser meal in a restaurant on the north end is five times the price! Ya better figure this one out quickly otherwise you’ll be nothing but an island of month long apartment rentals who do their our shopping at the Supercentre and stay home at night.

  7. jr smith November 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    The gap, business and they owners, they all sit back ,wait until it all fall apart and now wanting to hear from people who have no faintest idea of ,the gap and the issues.
    These business owners are to be blamed, I said before they are dinosaurs living in the past , forgetting the world has advance 50 years.
    Business in Barbados depending on tourism ,are always going to fail, because all they see is plane loads of visitors, arriving at Sir Grantley and ships at the port, for that short period they attention is focus on the visitors , but when they leave its the bajans who have got to pay the high prices, which they cannot afford.
    Oistin ,was since the gap, YET STILL IT KICKS.
    When times was good ,the business people didn’t bother now they cry like babies, stop that shit crying and behave like business people, get on with it put it right.
    Stop thinking because someone is at the UCWI,they are educated to give the correct advice.

  8. jr smith November 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    –Bad business people,dinosaurs’ living in the past, when times was good ,no one complain. but bajans are and were the ones left holding the baby so to speak, because we were ignored ,and most businesses were priced base around the tourist ,people who visit Barbados for a couple of weeks.
    Its they fault, just time has pass you people by, stop crying , put you all heads together and sort it out. because no one in bim have the faintest idea of how to put this right.

  9. jr smith November 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I wonder ,how many people with businesses in the gap, want to sell the same.


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