Television producer and star Simon Cowell has purchased two pieces of property in the new Four Seasons Clearwater Bay project in Barbados. (Project website is here) According to an article in Times Online (link here), Mr. Cowell intends to merge the two properties. Hmmm… that should be one nice villa!
But by a strange trick of fate and Google Alerts, the Simon Cowell story wasn’t the only article about Four Seasons and Cinnamon 88 resort builders that arrived on our desk today. It seems that Four Seasons and Cinnamon 88 are building another resort in Grenada and have already started bulldozing the habitat of the few remaining Grenada Doves – the national bird of Grenada. There are apparently fewer than 100 of these birds that remain in existence and the Four Seasons project will destroy about half of the birds’ remaining natural habitat.
I wonder if Mr. Cowell knows that his resort developers are doing such a thing in Grenada? I wonder if he would care… but you can contact him about it if you like at his MySpace page. (Log into MySpace.com and then search for Simon Cowell – or click here)
LIES Told By Four Seasons Exposed By Birdlife.Org Photo – Shows Grenada Dove Island Habitat Already Being Bulldozed
Despite assurances by both the Grenadian Government and Four Seasons / Cinnamon 88 that nothing will happen until environmental studies are done, aerial photographs like the one above show that assurance is a lie. The bulldozers are well into it. (Sigh… why do governments and businesses like Four Seasons conspire together to lie to citizens?)
Shame! Shame! Shame! – Grenada Government Selling Off Part Of National Park To Four Seasons
In the case of Grenada, it turns out that the government is planning to sell part of their Mt. Hartman National Park to Four Seasons to be developed. On September 17, 2007, the American Bird Conservancy (link here) submitted a detailed critique of the project to the Government of Grenada, Four Seasons, Cinnamon 88 and it’s parent corporation in the UK, Capital 88 – but the developers ignored this report and are forging ahead.
Also see the website of the Protect The Grenada Dove Campaign for some very revealing background information (link here or touch the above photo).
One has to wonder if the lies being told in concert by the Government of Grenada and Four Seasons/Cinnamon 88 are standard operating procedure for the corporation. As we saw with the VECO scandal, it is possible for a corporation to actually have a corporate culture of corruption and dishonesty. With the unethical actions of Four Seasons / Cinnamon 88 in Grenada, one has to wonder if their Barbados corporate culture is any different.
Which brings us to our Barbados National Park… you know – the one we don’t have yet but that the vast majority of Bajans would like to see proclaimed at Graeme Hall, Barbados. As the sad tale in Grenada shows us, there are short-sighted people everywhere who value the dollar so much that they will rape their own county’s natural heritage without a second thought.
A Word About Google Alerts
We often write about Google Alerts and how they deliver such little Gems of news right to our computer. If you are interested in any topic and haven’t yet discovered the power of Google Alerts, we urge you to explore this powerful (and free) internet tool. The Google Alerts (Beta) page is here. Wikipedia has an article about what and how Google Alerts function link here.