Disappearing Mullins Beach
“Now, there are only impassable boulders, sea walls, and crashing surf.”
One of the world’s most respected travel magazine publishers has posted an online article about the disappeared beach at Mullins Bay, Barbados. The article also includes a photo that is a little different than typically shown in Barbados travel brochures. Instead of the vast expanse of sand still shown in those glossy advertisements for package deals, the photo shows the truth: rocks, little sand and trees about to fall into the water. The beach is gone.
“On the island’s northwest coast, sunbathers used to be able to walk from the popular beach bar on Mullins Beach north for several miles up the sandy shore. Now, there are only impassable boulders, sea walls, and crashing surf.”
The article also tells the story of how Coastal Zone Management approved the construction of three stone groins at St. Peter’s Bay, a new condominium development a quarter mile north of Mullins Beach, saying “the structures have sapped the adjacent shoreline of sand.”
The author also quotes the widely read Mullins Bay blog concludes the piece with this advice…
“Rising sea levels and severe storms certainly play a role, but to protect its shoreline, Barbados also needs to balance the demands of development and preservation.”
You can read the entire article at the Conde Nast website Concierge.com
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