Property Developers concerned about Bajan Public: AND THEY SHOULD BE
There’s quite a fuss going on in Barbados over the proposed development of Cove Bay. Bajans have had as much as they can take of developers waltzing onto the island, wining and dining some government officials and then doing whatever the hell they want to do with our precious natural heritage.
With the help of corrupt and inept government officials, developers have walled off much of the West Coast and restricted access to the sea and beaches. With the help of government officials who let them build without deep enough pockets and with no guarantees or deposits, some developers have left unfinished disasters that blot the landscape.
By the law of Barbados, Bajans are supposed to have unrestricted access to the sea and beaches but that’s not the way it’s worked out and we’re plenty vexed about that and we’re not going to tek it any longer. No Sir.
Oh, we’ve also had enough of the developers hiring “consultants” who turn out to be related in some way to public officials. That’s another story for another day, but keep it in mind as you watch what happens at Cove Bay or any other project in Barbados.
The Cove Bay developers know they have a big problem with the public
The Cove Bay developers also know that Bajans are getting a little more militant when it comes to resisting irresponsible development.
Environmentally conscious citizens still remember the taste of a few small and large victories. For instance the abandoned Caribbean Splash Water Park was a big victory, and more recently a YouTube video forced Almond Resorts to acknowledge a problem with sewerage overflowing onto the roadway and down to the swimming area. (Have they fixed that yet? If not, we’ll soon hear about it!)
So the Cove Bay developers hired a big time public relations and campaign management firm out of Washington DC to… to what? To run interference? To “consult” with the public so they can say they consulted with the public and then do the hell what they want anyway?
Or, to be fair, perhaps the Cove Bay developers are good and responsible people who want to develop but do it properly in a manner that respects the land, the people, the culture and the environment.
And maybe they need your input and suggestions to see if the project can be modified or done in such a way where everybody can be happy and proud.
We’ll give them a chance. We’ll hear them out.
The Cove Bay PR firm “Mbox.com” put up a fancy website with fancy words about how much the developers value Bajan culture, lands and the “Bajan Soul” of the area. Yup. Fancy words. I wonder if the person who wrote those words ever spent any time at Cove Bay, or did they just breeze in and out to establish credibility before writing pretty well the same flavour of words they have written for other “difficult” populations and projects?
So they sent around a press release asking folks to please visit the Cove Bay website and read what they have to say and talk with them.
Okay. Fair enough. Here’s the some of the press release and then the link to go to the Cove Bay Barbados website to “participate in idea sharing”.
I think you owe it to Barbados and as a courtesy to the Cove Bay developers to visit the website and hear what they have to say.
March 17, 2011 – Media Alert
“We have owned the land at Cove Bay since 1970. For the past 41 years, we have loved Cove Bay as dearly as the visitors to and citizens of Barbados. It has always been our intent to involve Barbadians in the development of this land, to promote sustainability, environmental responsibility, and to create economic opportunities for the country. Cove Bay is an integral part of Barbados history and cultural landscape. We will honor both of these,” says Beth Myers, founder of BAJ Barbados.