CURB: SDO Debate to Be Today, Honk in Protest

March 25, 2011

CURB has released a statement saying the Tucker’s Point SDO debate will likely go before the Senators today [Mar.25] at 5pm and they urged CURB supporters to once again honk their horns loudly while driving by the Senate grounds, and if possible attend the Senate grounds wearing black “in support of the original owners and to mourn this continuing travesty.”

Last night Government confirmed there were changes to the SDO. In the revised draft, the total donated land is around 41.12 acres, the total development area removed from the previous draft SDO is 18.421 acres.

The full statement from CURB follows below:

It has been brought to our attention that representatives from Tucker’s Point Club (TPC) have revised their plans, based on objections from Senators, and have met with Government members, Civil Servants and both Opposition and Independent Senators over the past week to present these revised plans.

No information about the new deal been brought to the public for review until this morning’s newspaper article, and no presentations were made to BEST, Tuckers Town Historical Society or CURB.

Many of you will have noticed that during the whole SDO debate, the historical and in deed moral perspective, that the land was forcibly taken from Blacks, and at a rate substantially lower than what they had requested, was the least mentioned argument.

This new development, if it proves to be true, fails to address the historical and moral perspective and, in our opinion, further pours salt in a wound that has never healed. We have always contended that the building of residences has very little to do with tourism and, if they are built, perpetuates the betrayal of the original land owners and their descendants.

As Col. Burch stated last week, this deal is about money, as it always has been. Blacks were exploited then, the people of Bermuda now. We regret and are saddened by this latest development, if it proves to be true.

The SDO debate will go before the Senators today likely at 5 pm and we urge CURB supporters, members and friends to once again honk their horns loudly while driving by the Senate grounds, email/contact Senators to register your concerns (see email addresses below), and if possible attend the Senate grounds wearing black, in support of the original owners and to mourn this continuing travesty.

SENATORS:Senator The Hon. Lt. Col. David Burch, OBE (Mil), ED, JP; Senator The Hon. Kim N. Wilson; Senator E. David Burt, JP; Senator Cromwell M.A. Shakir JP; Senator Laverne Furbert JP; Senator Jeanne J. Atherden, CA, JP; Senator The Hon. Michael Dunkley, JP, MP; Senator Susan Roberts Holshouser, JP; Senator Joan E. Dillas-Wright, MBE; Senate President Carol Bassett and Senate Vice President Walwyn Hughes.

SENATORS’ EMAIL ADDRESSES: dburch@gov.bm; knwilson@gov.bm; dgburt@gov.bm; lavernef@northrock.bm; cmas@northrock.bm; atherdjj@logic.bm; mdunkley@ibl.bm; sholshouser@logic.bm; jdwright@ibl.bm; cabassett@gov.bm; walwyn@northrock.bm

[Editors note in reference to the statement "No information about the new deal been brought to the public for review until this morning’s newspaper article". Both Bernews and the Bermuda Sun carried the information on the new deal online yesterday evening.]

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  1. Sigh says:

    CURB is being disingenuous in this release.

    The details of the amendments were released to the public last night in a press release and have been carried in the daily newspaper and in other online news reports, like Bernews.

    • bernews says:

      Also in addition to Bernews covering it yesterday, the Bermuda Sun did as well. We brought the error in CURB’s statement to their attention.

  2. Margaret says:

    Since Juan Trippe purchased the property in 1958, he always wished (according to Mr. Ed Trippe his son, in an article in the Greenwich Magazine in 2007) & it has always been a real estate deal & complained of eccentric planning regulations . . . So much for tourism & the good of the Island . . . It is detrimental in every way, not only to the protected environment, but to the descendents of the displaced Bermudians . . . Just moraly wrong. And at the end of the day, thereis no way they can get themselves out of debt with this revised SDO either & HSBC will be the winners.
    TPR should make ammends with moving their No. 1 tee & driving range a good 100 yards forward of the graveyard . . . Bda Properties Ltd. & Castle Harbour Ltd. should have known better on how WE Bermudians of all colours, race, religions & ethnicities respect our dead.

  3. Sigh says:

    I really dont understand why there is so much concern about the ‘displaced black Bermudians’ by CURB.
    No one has given a rat’s tail about these displaced people for 100 years, and now all of a sudden everyone is oh so sensitive to their plight.
    What does not building on the land do for these people?
    They still arent allowed use of the properties. They still were not and won’t be compensated fairly for their property being taken.
    I feel that while CURB may be genuine in their thoughts, the issues need to be separate.
    I am a black man who feels that the families back then were done a horrible injustice and disservice.
    However blocking Tuckers point from any additional development in the name of ‘honoring the displaced people’ is not the right move.

    • Once again says:

      *They still were not and won’t be compensated fairly for their property being taken.*

      They were given ‘fair market value’ for the properties …. Other wise known as a forced sale BUT let’s stop the invective that the land was outright ‘stolen’ …

      And let’s not forget that there was plenty of whites displaced too .

      • Sigh says:

        I highly doubt they were given “fair market value”…however that can be debated ad nauseum.

        • LOL (original) says:

          Is that fair value now or then? No comment on the white / portuguese families in the below? just want to know if all was given the same deal.

          LOL

    • bermymon says:

      My query is why does CURB continually ignore the fact that there were white/portuguese families who were also forced to move from the area in question?

      • LOL (original) says:

        “why does CURB continually ignore the fact that there were white/portuguese families who were also forced to move from the area in question?”

        It does nothing for their cause does it? Couple that with how SOME people think about the above types of people and how they are living it just would not help the cause.

        LOL

  4. Mad Prophet says:

    ANOTHER OF BERMUDA’S ECOSYSTEM IS ABOUT TO RAPED!!!!!

    We have all heard of the destruction being waged in the Amazon rain-forest for beef cattle growing space for the likes of fast food chains. We have heard of the desperation of the local poor farmers attempting to scratch a living off the land in slash and burn farming.

    THIS SDO IS THE PLANTING OF A MONO-CROP CALL LAND DEVELOPEMENT.

    WHY SHOULD RTP GROW A CONCRETE JUNGLE AND THE AVERAGE BERMUDIAN DON’T HAVE LAND TO GROW A TREE???

    PROPHET BOB SAID,

    GET UP, STAND UP: STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

    GET UP, STAND UP: DON’T GIVE UP THE FIGHT!

    BLOW YOUR HORNS BERMUDA TURN UP YOUR MUSIC, LETS HEAR SOME NOISE!!!

  5. Terry says:

    Beep-Beep…