Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association asks BLP & DLP “Where is the Environmental Act you’ve both been promising for 20 years?”

UPDATED: September 2, 2011

Here we are on September 2, 2011 – some 26 years and 8 months since our BLP & DLP governments first promised to pass a comprehensive Environmental Protection Act.

It has been well over a year since Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) asked the DLP and the BLP where their promised Environmental Act went to – and still we have no action.

Nothing has changed. Liz Thompson just rolled into town to talk about the environment and gave us more of the same fine words we’ve heard for almost three decades. At the same meeting, Keith Franklin, Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office said “Environmental issues are taking a toll on the development of the world’s societies and economies and must be discussed and tackled at several levels.”

No kidding? Really? Gosh, we’d never had known!

Nothing but words. Words is all we get from these people. No action. No Environmental Protection Act.

To all our Environment Ministers, past and present, we give a hearty “Thanks for nothing.”

Original article first published May 13, 2010…

“My understanding is that it is coming up now to nearly 15 to 20 years that we are waiting on a new Environmental Act for Barbados. What message does that send?”

… Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) in the Barbados Advocate Protect environment to protect tourism sector.

Citizens getting tired of the same old BS promises from successive Barbados Governments

According to our research and community memory, Bajans were first promised an Environmental Protection Act in 1985 under Tom Adams when Aaron Truss was the BLP Government’s Minister of the Environment. Nothing more was heard about the legislation, and Tom Adams died a few months after the promise. (Some remember that Aaron Truss was once arrested for smuggling slot machines into Barbados as “used cash registers” – chuckle -)

In 1991 the new DLP Environment Minister, Warwick Franklin, promised a “Clean Environment Law”. Nothing happened and no draft was ever seen.

In 1995 newly elected BLP Prime Minister Owen S. Arthur promised to make the environment a priority. Late in 1996 as the true extent of the disastrous Shell Oil pipeline leak started to become known, Arthur went on the record and promised “Environmental legislation, controls and standards”.

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil in Barbados. We have no environmental legislation so why should Shell care?

Owen Arthur also promised that Shell Oil would clean up the mess and we know how that turned out.

A few years later the Honourable Elizabeth Thompson (BLP) and her department, the Ministry of Physical Development and Environment, published the State of the Environment Report 2000 and seemed to have overlooked the absence of environmental protection laws in Barbados and Prime Minister Arthur’s promises.

As any check of the newspaper archives will show, during the next seven years of BLP Government – 2001 through 2007 – Liz Thompson and other BLP government members made numerous promises to bring in Environmental Legislation “soon”. Whenever the Shell Oil spill was mentioned, and especially when the Louis Lynch School chemical contamination was hot in the news, Bajans could hear Environment Minister Elizabeth Thompson or one of her underlings declaring that the BLP was developing laws to protect our natural environment and to regulate the use and disposal of hazardous substances and waste.

In all that time though, Liz Thompson never visited the contaminated sites of the Shell Oil spill. She was invited but didn’t attend when Adrian Loveridge and other concerned citizens were pulling buckets of Shell jet fuel from domestic water wells in the area on January 3, 2008 some 14 years after the pipeline leak was first discovered.

And in those 14 years and up to the present no government brought in even a simple law to require pipeline and storage tank operators to take daily measurements and to report any leakage.

Since 2008: We thought things would change when we elected the DLP. Before and during the 2007 election campaign Bajans heard lots about the environment from David Thompson, Denis Lowe and other DLP candidates. We were told the DLP would introduce Environmental laws to protect us all.

In January of 2009, DLP Environment Minister Denis Lowe promised that his government would be bringing environmental legislation “in April (2009)”.

Here we are on May 13, 2010, some 25 years and 5 months since our BLP & DLP governments first promised to pass a comprehensive Environmental Protection Act.

For two and a half decades our political and ministry representatives toured the world attending every environmental conference and enjoying themselves thoroughly. Champagne, pate and oh so much talk and “networking” to obtain millions upon millions in grants and loans from the international community. For the environment, you see.

But in those same 25 years and 5 months of promising to do something – our elected and appointed government officials never had time to research, write and pass an Environmental Act for Barbados.

I have to stop writing now, because if I don’t Auntie Moses will have to yell at me for using profanity.

You go ahead though folks. For this article only, just let fly and let everyone know what you think of the 25 years of broken promises from your DLP and BLP governments…

UPDATE: May 13, 2010 11:11am

Check out Peter Dottin’s excellent column in The Nation on our “culture of non-action”.

“This culture of non-action is so ingrained in our being, that I don’t believe we have the will to respond. When this is coupled with the added ingredient of politics, I fear that the issues will never be addressed, except in the form of “think tanks” and “talk shops”.

… from The Nation article For Tourism’s Sake

You should read the full article at The Nation, but we’ll reprint it here because the Barbados newspapers often remove past articles when it is expedient to change history…

Here is the full article reprinted…

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. – Tony Robbins

For Tourism’s Sake

by PETER DOTTIN

AGAIN I FIND MYSELF COMPELLED to comment about what is happening in the tourism industry in Barbados. For years I have heard fellow members in this industry cry out about the issues that are seriously impacting their operation – with little or no action by the authorities empowered to ensure the viability.

At the time, I was not directly connected to the industry, and hence did not fully understand their frustrations. That situation has changed and I now fully appreciate the sense of helplessness, shared by these pioneers in tourism.

Two articles caught my attention in Tuesday’s DAILY NATION of May 11 under the headlines Call To Action and Safety First. In the first instance president of the Barbados Association of Public Secondary Schools, Winston Crichlow, coincidentally a former teacher of mine, was stating his opinion on the non-action of relevant entities in this country.

He said: “Our society suffers from inaction, where we look at the causes of problems; but there is no will to take the next step.”

I agree with Mr Crichlow. This paralysis has taken root in our society, and primarily in Government agencies, where I fear that the prognosis for improvement is bleak.

“This culture of non-action is so ingrained in our being, that I don’t believe we have the will to respond. When this is coupled with the added ingredient of politics, I fear that the issues will never be addressed, except in the form of “think tanks” and “talk shops”.

The other article has Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart saying that rising crime rates, harassment of visitors and drug trafficking are critical issues threatening the sustainability of Caribbean tourism.

Here, Stuart is looking at the issues from a regional perspective. In essence, these situations not only impact tourism in Barbados, but in the wider Caribbean. There is of course a direct link between drug trafficking and beach harassment, as any individual in the industry would be aware.

Hence, if we can control one of these problems, we will see a reduction in the other.

Thus, I’m in complete agreement with the sentiments expressed by Stuart. What I would like to know now is what are we as a country going to do about it? What plan of action will the Government come up with to stem the rising crime rate, the beach harassment of visitors and the drug trafficking which are adversely affecting our tourism?

When will these plans be put into operation? Which agencies are responsible for ensuring that each area gets adequate resources to combat the particular problem? Who will be held accountable to ensure that results are obtained and who will have responsibility for maintenance of these programmes?

These are the questions I would like to have answered. But will anyone answer them? I think not.

We will continue to analyse the problems, identify the issues and speak glowingly of how we have to control these problems for the sake of our tourism industry. Or we will attempt to take action far too late and be unable to save the industry that is our main source of economic development.

Let us put politics aside and truly to understand the impact of our lack of action over the years. Successive governments have failed to support the private sector in its attempts to address pertinent issues like beach harassment, which adversely affect the tourism.

Their lack of support is cloaked by the passing of bills in the House of Assembly, but the true nature is revealed when despite these laws, policies and procedures, no agency is held accountable when it is clear that they are not actively enforcing the laws, policies or procedures.

However, I do not want to dwell on things in the past; what I’m interested in is the future. Thus, I am asking the Government of this country what are we going to do about the problems identified by the Acting Prime Minister in the aforementioned article. I await your answer.


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36 responses to “Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association asks BLP & DLP “Where is the Environmental Act you’ve both been promising for 20 years?”

  1. Ms Springer, I share your concerns as tourist will not come to a polluted country. Tourist will not come to a country where there is nothing to dive and see. A country is not the concrete structures but its people without a healthy environment, big bank accounts, large houses and big cars mean nothing. I want to invite you to a Future Centre Trust soponsored walk through Blackmans Gully on May 22nd. Call 425-2020 for further information.

  2. Adrian Loveridge

    I fully support Sue Springer’s call for enforceable environmental laws.
    Only yesterday I was around the Cove Bay/River Bay area and witnessed mass dumping of garbage/waste in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
    Closer to home, fridges, televisions and all sorts of waste is regularly dumped in the Chancery Lane Swamp area.

    Sue was also quoted on the media about her concern that so few Barbadian hotels and ancillery services attended the recently concluded
    CTO Sustainable Tourism Conference, but I think there are reasons for this.

    We (as a hotel) did not receive a single notification about the event or attendance costs involved from the CTO. We were of course aware of the Conference and in fact donated a complimentary stand and use of an 1,520 square feet meeting room to the CTO with seating for 50 persons, at our re-DISCOVER the Caribbean Show.
    17 Caribbean destinations and around 140 exhibitors attended the show.
    Attendance was estimated at around 2,000 persons and the event received extensive radio and television coverage including nearly 3 hours of live outside broadcasting.
    This would have been a wonderful opportunity to highten the awareness of the CTO event.
    We also had ‘our own inhouse’ film broadcast company (Antilles Broadcasting) at the show who could have produced promotional film at a very reasonable cost.

    We also placed the event on our website (www.re-discover.com) which receives between 400 and 1,000 unique visits per day.
    How many other tourism organisations placed the event on their websites?

    As a small hotel, we also have to prioritise our expediture in an economic crisis. No provision (as I understand) was made for SMALL hotels and their representatives were expected to pay US$150 (BDS$300) per DAY to attend this Conference.

    The BIG boys can afford this, but I doubt the owners of our 120 plus SMALL hotels can justify this expense.

    Was there a special rate negotiated by the BHTA (and the similar organisations in the 17 Caribbean destinations represented at our show) for their members to attend the CTO event?

    Is so as a member, I was not aware of it!

    We really have to think these things through a little better.

  3. Adrian, I really dont think that too much thought goes into planning such events. It seems like a case of singular planning where an individual is given sole responsibility to coordinate rather that a committee.

    Don`t be surprised the Future Centre Trust as the leading environmental NGO is not invited to anything related to the environment, I had to say to an organizer of the conference its insulting that we were not invited. Thats how we came to be invited to exhibit.

    Adrian, unless you demand or speak out for your rights or what you want nothing happens. Then you are termed arrogant or a trouble maker. When we sow the wind of silence and complacency, we will have to accept the whirlwind of a poor governance. I am disgusted by individuals who label comments made in the interest of nation building as political.

    Sad but true,we resent hearing honest speech in Barbados. Its expected that we blindly agree with every utterance as payment for the free food and big mouth drinks had in the social circle.

  4. My perception is that Bajans and our government(s) have always viewed the environment as someone else’s problem – hence, no particular hurry to do our part in its maintenance. That attitude rears its ugly head vis-a-vis Climate Change where the only real interest is to shakedown developed countries for cash that will disappear down the proverbial rabbit hole.

  5. I advised Denis Lowe in the presence of his PS, Lionel Weekes, after the official launch of SSA’s Reed St Depot in Jan. 2009 that he should have a Press Conference on Graeme Hall and its deterioration – even if to say research is being conducted and an update is imminent…

    He glared at me. Thereafter, he would pick at me and my performance in Management meetings for his Ministry, this is why I left SSA. I hope this gives all & sundry an idea what we’re up against?

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    Kammie/Ian,

    I wonder if our politicians even understand the importance of the environment to tourism?

    They go on thinking that visitors will keep on coming to Barbados irrespective of the coastal erosion, the blatant dumping of garbage, the total absence of a sustainable tourism development plan, etc, etc.

    They forget that potential and repeat visitors have an increasing choice of destinations, often at a significantly lower cost than Barbados.

    Our bedrock of visitor profile is the more mature visitor who notices a steadily (some would say rapidly) deteriorating environment.

    If ‘we’ continue to ignore their concerns, they will vote with their feet and will patronise destinations that are trying harder.

  7. Nostradamus

    BFP, how do you expect past and present Ministers responsible for the Environment to see that the long awaited environmental legislation becomes law, when their priorities are attending overseas environmental conferences, making speeches and seeking jobs in various international environmental organizations once they are out of office?

  8. BFP

    Hi Nostradamus,

    I love champagne and I once had a glass of US$100 a bottle stuff (I think it was Mumm’s?) on a boat many years ago. It was heavenly (totally different from that bubbly fake crap we serve each other at cheap weddings) and I can understand why at the first taste of that stuff Elizabeth Taylor, sorry, Elizabeth Thompson, lost all her enthusiasm to work.

    Champagne. Tiny tiny cutters with some sauce. LIttle crackers with horrendously expensive slices of mushrooms and fish eggs.

    OH YEAH!!!!! I could be a Government Minister of the Environment fur sur!

    Clive

  9. ComeHere

    One only needs to look at the side of the road in any parish of Barbados to see the way a majority of Bajans feel about their country, the lack of concern about the environment in which they live, and the lack of pride in displaying our greatest resource—physical beauty—to ourselves and visitors.

    Rubbish everywhere. It is not uncommon to see huge bags of garbage tossed from speeding mini busses or from private cars. There is no stigma in Barbados for those who litter. But the government apathy is only one component of a greater national problem of complete environmental ignorance toward preserving the island as a place of unique beauty. Why not pay the idle, those seeking work, those behind on child support, the boys on the block, anyone, to clean up and de-bush the roads?

    Make a visible and practical effort—it is not rocket science to pick up trash. Maybe the politicians could set the example by hosting a CLEAN BIM day where they could use those dirty hands to clean up our nation.

  10. BFP

    GOOD POINT ComeHere

    There is no stigma for those who litter. We must change that culture, but that takes leadership from the top and from the bottom.

    I think we have leadership from the bottom – that is there are enough ordinary citizens who care that there could be a movement. (Hmmph… there is such a movement and it’s called the Future Centre Trust)

    But the Future Centre Trust is never invited to any government meeting. The suits don’t want to share their champagne and little crackers I guess.

    MORE ON CHANGING CULTURE

    Remember when everyone and I mean everyone smoked? That culture changed as the result of a conscious effort by multiple stakeholders in government, health, education, life insurance companies and concerned individuals. Similar culture changes have happened in North America, Australia and Europe about drinking and driving but not in Barbados because no government thinks it important enough to do anything about.

    We lose more citizens every year to drunk driving than we do to murder but neither the DLP nor the BLP care.

    NOW… if there were international grants and IMF loans to fight drunk driving instead of global warming, I guess the politicians would care! But then again, they would only attend the anti-drunk driving conferences in Switzerland and not bother to pass a law against it.

  11. Sarah V

    If I win the lottery, I’m going to buy me a politician!

  12. Sarah V, we don`t sell politicians in Barbados.

    ComeHere, I dont think the politicians need to have a day called Clean Up Bim.
    The Future Centre Trust will be having Clean Up Barbados as part of Clean Up World in September.

    I think we are expecting too much from politicians its not election time whereby they have to be at every cock fight. We as bajans are too lazy and I dont know why the politicians should be any different, they come from among us.

    Speak out more about what you want from our leaders and stop being so mute bajans. Their is more to life than partying and big mouth drinks.

    If only the many politicians who visit BFP can see beyond the gossip and do some introspection, we would have paragon of governance.

    Sad but true, the blogs are the only way that the citizenry has to expose their concerns to political leaders. Overheard at a cocktail reception that Barbados will have a new political party by the next election.

  13. God bless Dame Billie Miller she was truly a visionary who really ensured Bridgetown was not a town of squalor.

    Have you all seen or smell Fairchild Street recently. What about opposite Starcom and if you curious go behind the new home of the Bridgetown Vagrants Hotel aka Fairchild Street Market.

    Any of wunna see the the shops on the eastern side of the former Fort Royal Garage, ah see even a Greenheart hut. Ah wondering if Patrick Todd see or smelling Bridgetown. Some idiot gine turn this into a BLP/DLP issue.

    But lemme tell wunna I am Buhbadian first and blind party follower last as I only interested in nation building.

    Political representation must not be only about a house, streetlight or largasse. Many bajans must understand the need for multi-generational wealth and the creation of a legacy. A lot of wunna laugh at my 2035 dream but I hope you read what Caribsave said yesterday about the need to move inland hotel plants. Look out for more projects like Coverley with zero lot lines.

    Here is my dream 2035 at the Nation Newspaper link http://www.nationnews.com/comments/guestcolumnists/swimming-upstream-april-9-copy-for-web

  14. Donald Duck Esq

    Could the Minister of Tourism let us know why he has not produced the much talked about tourism master plan and what has happened with the restructuring of the BTA? These issues were talked about more than 2 years ago.

    Also what has happened about the proposed changes to the tourism development act which was announced in the 2008 budget?

    What about this comment from the 2008 Budget “The expansion of the luxury tourism market will include the construction and opening every two years of a major internationally-branded luxury hotel and associated branded residences catering to the five-star and ultra luxury tourism market.”

    Any one heard of any new hotel opening two years after the 2008 budget regardless of it being 5 stars or otherwise!!!!!!

  15. What will they think of next

    Sue Springer needs to be put out to pasture.
    She is irrelevant now.

  16. Sue Springer or Adrian Loveridge should be in charge of BTA if not Minister, we’d probably be kicking dust over St Lucia if it happened – but I guess when a person chooses Truth over Party lines then they are Persona Non Grata eh?

  17. Also here’s full item before Advocate pulls it;-

    Protect environment to protect tourism sector

    5/12/2010

    By Janelle Riley-Thornhill

    Future construction in this country, especially along the coast, must of necessity observe very strict codes and guidelines to ensure we do not further damage our potential as a tourist destination.

    Moreover, Executive Vice President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Sue Springer, is also calling for a new Environmental Act to be enacted, which she suggested would add weight to any provisions put in place by the Town Planning Department and Coastal Zone Management Unit regarding construction.

    “I know that Town and Country Planning and Coastal Zone Management are looking at that and I support it 100 per cent. I know everyone wants to go right on the coastline for obvious reasons, but we still have to project that while people obviously look for more than sun, sand and sea, without the beaches we do inhibit the saleability of Barbados. So number one must be the protection of our beaches and we must also look at the environment in a bigger way, including such things as traffic and noise pollution. My understanding is that it is coming up now to nearly 15 to 20 years that we are waiting on a new Environmental Act for Barbados. What message does that send?” Springer queried in an interview with the Barbados Advocate.

    She continued: “There are many, many hidden gems in Barbados – there is the Garrison Historical Area and Bridgetown is just prime for being developed into an area. There is so much history and amazing things for people to see, so I think we have a lot of opportunities for going forward and not just developing a hotel next to a beach.”

    The BHTA official noted that regardless of if persons want to admit it or not, tourism is this country’s mainstay and if anything is done that can jeopardise that sector, this country will pay dearly.

    “It is the industry that everybody loves to hate and hates to love, but the reality is that when the net visit is down, we know what the trickledown effect is in the society. And when we talk about the environment, we must look at the societal environment as well because if we are not successful it results in crime, unemployment, poverty and other social issues. Tourism has been shown in many areas to eradicate poverty because of how the community can be involved and I think that these are the things we have to look at,” she stated.

    With that in mind, Springer said that though it would be difficult, efforts can be made to create tourism accommodation inland. But, she warned that any attempt to do so, would have to be buttressed with easily accessible activities for the visitors to enjoy.

    “You have to link it with other things; you just can’t have a hotel sitting on its own. You have to have a spa with it, so people have something to do as well, or a sporting activity close by and create other things, but still there is a need to have a connection to the beach,” she said.

  18. Ian nice pointed article. If only the decision makers would put competence before friendship and nepotism.

    It cannot be easy for any Prime Minister, who have Ministers who are not performing at the expected level. It seems more and more to me that we need to stop hiring people, who talk pretty with plenty letters behind their names. Hire persons with a proven track record.

    Too many decisions are being made that lack creativity,vision and innovation. I would work for free in the Ministry of Agriculture and Tourism as an advisor to the Ministers. Volcano eruption delayed my draft from the UK by nearly a month….food security people. Ah fuhget de oil spill…marine habitat destroyed.

    Being an entrepreneur you have to think creative,strategic,innovative and proactive 24 X 7 X 366. When you are a self employed you have to hustle to survive unlike when you working for someone and guaranteed a monthly salary.

    Ian, lets us continue to write on the blogs fearlessly, fairly, without slander or libel! They might just listen. The blogs, despite some may be nefarious have a very useful purpose in allowing the citizenry to speak out. Thank you BFP for this medium.

  19. And in this SUNDAY SUN interview, he took the opportunity to clear the air on one point: “A lot of people feel that I was appointed to the Senate by Errol Barrow. Errol Barrow would never appoint me to the Senate. He never liked John Connell.

    “After he lost the election in 1976, he went to Miami on a sabattical and left “Sleepy” [Sir Frederick] Smith as the leader of the opposition and “Sleepy” appointed me to the Senate.

    “That is why Barrow dismissed me from the Senate. I was never his appointment.”

    The story of that dismissal is legendary. As an opposition senator appointed by the Democratic Labour Party, Connell voted in support of a Barbados Labour Party Government bill to increase constituencies from 24 to 28.

    “When [the bill] came to the Senate, I voted in support of it because they had made it clear to me that they had no intention to repeal it and they were doing what both political parties are constantly doing, fooling the people of Barbados and telling them they intend to do one thing, and when they get power they don’t do it.” Another DLP senator, Dennis Hunte, also voted in favour of the bill.

    A few days later both Connell and Hunte were dismissed from the Senate at a public political meeting.

    Today Connell speaks humorously about the experience, but posits the view that “there are people who offer themselves for a seat in Parliament and don’t have the testicular fortitude to go and do what they know they should do and as a result Barbados in my view is slipping, because you must have some courage to stand up for your views if you believe in them”.

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  21. Environmental Planner

    Good work Sue, say it loud and clear!

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  24. bigguy

    A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. – Tony Robbins

    Denis Lowe left a legacy of doing nothing, taking no action. It was the same with Elizabeth Thompson.

    Denis Kelman has always been a bad boy rebel. Will he rebel against doing nothing or be happy with the Ministerial post and step into line?

  25. bigguy

    Worth Repeating BFP. Make it a new article?

    Adrian Loveridge commented:

    “I wonder if our politicians even understand the importance of the environment to tourism?

    They go on thinking that visitors will keep on coming to Barbados irrespective of the coastal erosion, the blatant dumping of garbage, the total absence of a sustainable tourism development plan, etc, etc.

    They forget that potential and repeat visitors have an increasing choice of destinations, often at a significantly lower cost than Barbados.

    Our bedrock of visitor profile is the more mature visitor who notices a steadily (some would say rapidly) deteriorating environment.

    If ‘we’ continue to ignore their concerns, they will vote with their feet and will patronise destinations that are trying harder.”

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  29. I walked along the Boardwalk yesterday evening..

    …and despite the presence of 17 seventeen garbage cans along its length
    you could see the litter that nasty BAJANS (not white tourisses)
    have scattered all along.the fringes of the Boardwalk.
    KFC boxes, plastic spoons, PET bottles, you name it. — UGLY!

    We have some nasty disgusting low-life’s walking among us
    who screwing it up for the other 85% of decent Bajans. UGLY

    We foul our own nest.
    We still throwing garbage out of car windows, like bad-behaved teenagers! UGLY.

    But Bajans doan see ugly. -maybe becoz it’s been The Norm for so long, we don’t even recognize it as Ugly.
    -but the tourisses do…but then again who is dem? dem only paying our way.

    Litter is our standard – a low standard and therefore suits our slavish mentality well.

    We wun’t even paint some of our houses,
    leaving the concrete to rot and turn black with moss….UGLY

    We only talks National Pride, but in truth we SHABBY as a culture
    and as a nation.
    I SHAME fuh Barbados den.

    But doan worry, the golden goose almost dead,
    and the sand gyne soon hit de Barbados fan.
    Crime is up, despite being “under control” – lol
    That is just the beginning of the breakdown of what was once quite a nice place to live.

    “DEVELOPED COUNTRY” my big brown boxy!
    We are precious little better than backward Dominica, trust me!

  30. Years I’ve written on the subject. Years, thirty odd. Talk and more talk is all the ever happens. Right now they decided to tackle a perfectly natural seaweed problem we see every few years, that comes, and then goes, enriching our reefs and waters with detritus that the swamp should be giving us, but isn’t, due to the same ineptitude, and its closed gates. No wonder everything is dying, while everybody fetes day and night, and the things that really matter, never get done.

  31. Look! It is so easy to trap people throwing litter these days. Everybody has a digital camera. All we need is the law upheld against littering. Stiff fines, a judiciary that gets work done , and tough enough to do what it is supposed to do.
    Huh, huh, we’d be lucky that could ever happen. Dumping garbage everywhere has become part of the local culture. That is what it is. It is part of we culture. That is what culture is. Culture is what you do without realizing it. You natural inclinations. Culture is nothing to do with how you sing, dance or fete, and little to do with what you eat. It is to do with how you behave. Can we get that into our heads ???

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