On August 4th 2010, Justice Ian Kawaley quashed Environment Minister Glen Blakeney’s decision allow a beach bar to be built on Warwick Long Bay. The Minister’s decision came after the Development Applications Board refused the application.
The full statement from BEST follows below:
The Bermuda Environmental & Sustainability Taskforce (BEST) has become aware that Mr. Belcario Thomas has re-submitted his application for a beach bar and restaurant at Warwick Long Bay.
We have not yet had an opportunity to view the application at the Department of Planning (DOP), but will be doing so within the next few days.
We trust that this application will be allowed to follow its proper course and that, unlike previously, unfettered opinions from all relevant government departments will be available for the consideration of the public, the Development Applications Board (DAB) and any other vetting individual or agency.
BEST has already received calls and visits from area residents and interested parties who are utterly astonished that this scheme is resurfacing. As a consequence of the previous incarnation of this application, we are more aware of the issues involved including possible Ministerial interference, as highlighted in the Auditor General’s just-released report on the emissions testing facility.
It may help for residents and the public to remember that a previous application for the same location by the same developer was turned down by the DAB, was negated by the Independent Inspector, and the appeal to the Minister was quashed by the Court. Unless the application is substantively different, it is difficult to see it as other than a waste of everyone’s time and energy to go through this exercise again.
In keeping, however, with the legitimacy of the process, BEST is encouraging residents and users of Warwick Long Bay to view the plans at the DOP and, if appropriate, register their objections by November 5th. It would be helpful in the long run if they were to send a copy of their objection letters to BEST at
We will no doubt have further comment once we have reviewed the application.