Lesson for Barbados – Mexican Hotel Builds Groyne To Steal Beach Sand: Government Sends In Navy, Police, Environmental Enforcement Agents!

Armed Mexican troops seize hotel beach created with stolen sand and illegally-built groin (rocks in background).

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME SCENE! Armed Mexican troops seize hotel beach created with stolen sand and illegally-built groyne (rocks in background).

Unlike Barbados, the Government of Mexico is obviously serious about protecting fragile coastline and beaches from corporations and developers that think they can do whatever they want to enhance their own beachfront at the expense of the environment and others people’s property and enjoyment.

“…some property owners build breakwaters in a bid to retain sand. The practice often merely shifts sand loss to beaches below the breakwaters.”

“Today we made the decision to close this stretch of ill-gotten, illegally accumulated sand,”

…Patricio Patron, Mexico’s attorney-general for environmental protection.  (Mexico sends navy to shut Cancun beach; says hotel’s sand stolen.)

Mr. Patron said he regretted any inconvenience for tourists, but said the government is planning projects to restore beaches throughout Cancun in an orderly, environmentally responsible way.  “I apologize to the tourists for this problem, but it is a question of enforcing the law,” Mr. Patron said.

Of course, Mexico has environmental laws to enforce. Barbados has no environmental protection laws. Really… as strange as that sounds, it is true. Barbados has no environmental protection legislation on the books. Successive Barbados governments have promised such legislation – but they also promised anti-drunk driving legislation, integrity legislation, freedom of information legislation etc etc etc.

Contrast Mexico’s Protection of Beaches With Barbados…

Barbado Environment Denis Lowe (left) remains silent on the Mullins Beach fiasco since his election.

Barbado Environment Denis Lowe (left) remains silent on the Mullins Beach fiasco since his election.

In the case of Mullins Bay, Barbados, a large condo developer has been allowed to build three massive groynes that trap sand in front of the condo to the detriment of other property owners and nearby beaches.

Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe didn’t even bother to show up for a long-planned Coastal Management beach walk a few weeks ago. According to our friends over at Mullins Bay blog, Minister Lowe promised to visit the area but hasn’t done so since he was elected. Hey… it must be tough for Doctor Lowe to tear himself away from the luncheon buffet at the government-owned Hilton Hotel.

Maybe someone should do up a Mullins Bay video presentation and play it over the sweets table at the hotel!

Mullins Bay Destruction Not Just An Environmental Issue

As we have said before, the destruction of the beaches at Mullins Bay and nearby is not just an environmental issue. The story of Mullins Bay and the disappearing West Coast beaches is not a disagreement over environmental science by well-meaning people who all have the public good in mind. No sir.

The rape of our West Coast is all about corporations with money that have been allowed to do as they please by two successive governments. The St. Peter’s Bay condo developers were allowed by government to build groynes to enhance their own beach — never mind the disastrous impact upon the neighboring beaches and coastline.

How much money did the condo developers provide in “campaign donations” to our two major political parties? Don’t ask! With no campaign financing laws, integrity legislation or conflict of interest laws — Barbados citizens are effectively kept in the dark.

In Mexico – crooked old Mexico where you can hardly run a roadside water stand without paying off some public official – they have enough sense to know that the rule of law must be enforced to protect the beaches… because when those beaches are gone Mexico can kiss the tourists goodbye.

In Barbados, our government officials allow certain developers to enhance their own properties while destroying area beaches.

Somebody in Barbados must be getting a pay off. That can be the only excuse. I hope the Barbados government officials who allowed the groynes are being paid off.

You have to understand Bajans: we accept that our government officials might be crooks. We just hope they aren’t stupid enough to destroy the beaches for free without filling their own pockets!

Doctor Lowe… quit stuffing your face and get rid of those groynes that are destroying Mullins Beach. For the love of Barbados, do something to save the West Coast beaches… Or, are you now on the take too?

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9 responses to “Lesson for Barbados – Mexican Hotel Builds Groyne To Steal Beach Sand: Government Sends In Navy, Police, Environmental Enforcement Agents!

  1. Act of Betrayal

    The citizens of Christ Church and Barbados must feel completely betrayed by Minister of Environment Lowe.

    Dr Lowe has managed to travel the world on taxpayers dollars rubbing shoulders with UN equivalents but has managed to do zero for the beaches, mangroves and Parks of Barbados.

    It is hard to believe this minister who ran for a “charter of change” at the time of the last election could have betrayed Barbadian citizens so badly.

    Even Liz Thompson is starting to look good, if that is possible.

  2. West Side Davie

    Liz Thompson starting to look good? What you smoking man?

    Both Liz Thompson and Denis Lowe have been a disaster for the environment. Lowe betrayed us on the Graeme Hall wetland, the Shell Oil spill and the disappeared beaches on the west.

  3. RRRicky

    Excellent find and an excellent story by BFP contrasting Mexico’s environment minister to ours.

    Dr. Lowe has been doing a good job clearing the drains and such but he has been conspicuously absent from four or five major environmental issues in Barbados because he will not take on wrongdoing by the big corporations.

    Lowe talked the big talk before the election. He visited the Shell Oil spill and pulled up a pail of jetfuel from a well. After the election? Not a f***ing word about Shell from our Misstater of the Environment. Doctor Lowe’s HELL is being prepared for him and when he dies he’ll find himself floating in black oily goo for all eternity with the Board of Directors of Shell Oil.

  4. Hants

    When Holetown beach is restored Mullins will be done next…….Hopefully.

    Of course there is always mother nature and this is Hurricane season.

    The sea can get very rough this time of year.

  5. Themis

    That should be GROYNE not GROIN! Where are you, Jack Bowman?

  6. BFP

    Guilty… (of bad spelink. Not of being Jack Bowman!) Changed. Thx

  7. Tudor

    Dennis Lowe knew how to spend allard’s money when he (Lowe) was not an MP. If I was Allard I would be pissed with Lowe, but then again…..
    However I hope that the remours that GHNS will re-open in Decemebre are correct.

  8. Save Mullins Bay

    We notice that Dr. Lowe is advertising a cruise for his constituents on the Harbour Master lately. Too bad it’s probably going to be at night as the Habour Master sometimes turns around in the vicinity of the groynes. Meanwhile – Mullins Bay Blog: “Recent Drownings In St. Lucy Highlight Need For Warning Signs At St. Peter’s Bay” – http://shar.es/UwHD – #Barbados

    Save Mullins Bay

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