On April 12, 2006, Barbados Free Press filed a story Barbados Beach Sewage: Environment Ministry Embarrassment Of The Week about sewage coming onto the beach apparently from the Bonito Restaurant in Bathsheba.
Since that time, we have not been contacted by either the owners of the Bonito Restaurant or the Ministry of the Environment (despite sending the Environment Minister a copy of our original post) – and the problem of sewage running into the sea persists.
We have just received the following email from a reader, who states that the manager of the Bonito Restaurant claims…
a/ The sewage is not coming from their property, and
b/ He has "contacted everyone and done everything in his power to rectify this serious problem, to no avail…"
Fair enough. On two days, BFP staffers attended at Bonito and saw what appeared to be sewage coming from their property. Another reader also attended independently and confirmed our observations.
Could we be wrong? The manager of Bonito Restaurant thinks so. "Jane" the reader who sent the email, does not give her observations about where the sewage is coming from – only that it is sewage.
Fair enough. Now could we PLEASE have someone from the Ministry of the Environment attend and identify the source of the sewage as well as stop it from running onto the beach and into the sea?
Here is the email from reader "Jane"…
AND WHAT ABOUT THE MANY SEABATHERS & SURFERS WHO MAY NOT EVEN EALIZE THAT THEY ARE SWIMMING IN SEWAGE? What is the Ministry of Health doing about this dangerous health hazard?
Finding the source should not be difficult. Make those responsible pay to rectify the problem and clean up the mess.
Today I spoke to the manager of the Bonito Restaurant. He says that this is sewage. It is NOT coming from the Bonito. It originates from a property behind the Bonito over which he has no control.
The manager also told me that he has contacted everyone and done everything in his power to rectify this serious problem, to no avail.
Unfortunately, neither he nor a spokesperson has contacted BFP to enlighten them on the facts and set the record straight.
It is very unfair for the management of the Bonito to have to take the blame for something over which they have absolutely no control.
Imagine just how frustrating it must be for these people, who run a delightful and popular restaurant which serves delicious food to locals and tourists, to be expected to tolerate the stinking and unhealthy sewage so close to the restaruant and to the sea.
I have no financial interest in the Bonito Restaurant but have enjoyed eating there for many years. In my opinion the East Coast is the most beautiful coast in Barbados.
I cannot understand why so many of us, at the risk of losing our livelyhood and Barbados losing its good name, choose to remain silent. What is the problem? Somebody please tell me.
Thanks, Jane. We do know that you love Barbados, and we appreciate the trouble you've taken to document this situation.
We sent a copy of our post to Environment Minister Liz Thompson when it was first published in April. Perhaps others could give her a call?