Social activist against hotel on Brown’s Beach

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.

David Comissiong at last night’s meeting. He is adamant that Brown’s Beach should not be a “playground’ for the wealthy.

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.

A part of the small crowd that turned up for the University of Independence Square family gathering.
A part of the small crowd that turned up for the University of Independence Square family gathering.

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.

17 Responses to Social activist against hotel on Brown’s Beach

  1. John Drakes
    John Drakes October 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    The good thing about a hotel on bay street is that the damn road will finally get fix.

  2. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis October 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t usually agree with Commisong..but he has a point on this one.

  3. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean October 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Don’t we have enough hotels on the island already. Fix them properly

  4. Jay Butcher
    Jay Butcher October 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    One of the best things I’ve heard from the minister of Tourism.

  5. Rosie Wooding
    Rosie Wooding October 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    That’s very sad news

  6. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Hitels on beaches turn them into crap. Take a look at the ines in the US and the years of development which has turn into overdevelopment.

  7. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown October 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Unless u want to pay morevtaxes you need more tourism

    • Les Carr
      Les Carr October 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

      At least you reconized the root of the islands problem. Need to earn more, unless they have new viable ideas all the , saying no is still not a solution.

  8. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley October 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I agree with him. No more hotels..

  9. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett October 26, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Yea yea.them looking to take away people land in st Lucy

  10. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow October 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Should have been against Sandals….

  11. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love October 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Agree !! Keep up the good work ..sir!

  12. Gregory Drakes
    Gregory Drakes October 27, 2014 at 2:06 am

    What’s everyone quarrelling about? The minister never said anything about Browne’s Beach becoming private.

  13. Kourtney James
    Kourtney James October 27, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Commissiong loves too stay relevant lol

  14. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch October 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

    That area used to be sea ,I see no problem one the access to the beach is not blocked.Brown Beach is from where the old hospital was back up is it not?

  15. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul October 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

    That’s ONE of the problem with Barbados Government. The Government make a suggestion….the people protest against it even sometimes refuses…..the Government ignore and continue on with plans. I was wondering when this was going to happen. It just seems like it was a matter of time when TRUE BAJANS would end up getting the short end of the stick when it comes to our land.

  16. Brian A. Harvey
    Brian A. Harvey October 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I am not sure you can fix a problem by creating a new problem. If you have overstock or low occupancy, maybe the focus should be addressing that issue before building more. Oh by the way. The cost of entertainment and the night life in Barbados is seriously lacking in my opinion recently beyond the beaches BIM is kinda boring for tourist.
    The main focus should be less on hotels and maybe more on finding a new sustainable revenue source and tourism is too economically volatile to continue to see it as the primary income earner. When the economy of large nations go down, people don’t travel.


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