[Updated] A public private partnership will be formed to effect a “major multimillion dollar infrastructure upgrade” to the toilets, shower facilities and concession shop at Horseshoe Bay Beach, Minister of Government Estates and Information Services Michael Scott said on Friday [July 27].
Minister Scott said the upgrades will include two women’s washrooms containing ten bathroom stalls each and two men’s washrooms with six toilet stalls; interior women’s showers and interior men’s showers; outside showers together with lockers for visitors’ property; fiberglass potable water tank and fiberglass septic tank system to manage sewage and a reverse osmosis water conversion system.
The concession involving food service will be included in the Phase I development, and construction will begin in October when the tourist season begins to wind down. Phase II — which the Minister described as a future option — involves an elegant bar and restaurant dining experience constructed on the second floor.
Minister Scott said, “In this stunning setting with the award winning signature Horseshoe Bay Beach in the background, I welcome you to this press conference for a special announcement of a Public Private Partnership between South Shore Hospitality Group [SSHG], holders of the concession to operate this facility, and the Government of Bermuda to effect a major multimillion dollar infrastructure upgrade to the toilets, shower facilities and concession shop . This is a significant development and I remain excited about the prospect.
“I am deeply grateful to the Messrs. Michael Caines Jr. and Sr. for their commitment to Bermuda and to hospitality in Bermuda. We all know that Mr Mickey Caines has devoted most of his life to tourism hospitality and this venture with the Government is to be celebrated as a crowning moment for Mr. Caines, his son and the Government.
Minister Scott continued: “What is being delivered? Two women’s washrooms containing ten bathroom stalls each and two men’s washrooms with six toilet stalls; interior women’s showers and interior men’s showers; and outside showers together with lockers for visitors’ property. Major upgrades include a fiberglass potable water tank and fiberglass septic tank system to manage sewage and a reverse osmosis water conversion system.
“The Government’s concerns regarding parking, including staff parking, new landscaping and new life guard stations will be satisfied under the upgrade. And, of course, the concession involving food service will be included in the Phase I development.
“Our partners SSHG will commence construction in October when the extremely busy tourist season begins to wind down. The commitment of Mr. Caines Jr. and Mr. Caines Sr., Mr Perinchief and SSHG’s bankers have made all of this possible and offers a complete answer to the audible and most case justifiable criticism of these Government facilities at our premier signature beach.
“Plainly, the Bermudian public and our visitors will welcome the SHHG improvements and once again we can be proud to entertain our guests here at this magnificent site.
“I mentioned Phase I. Phase II involves an elegant bar and restaurant dining experience constructed on the second floor. Phase II is a future option for either SHHG or the Government of Bermuda to undertake at a future time .
“The Government wishes to salute and thank Messrs. Caines and their partners for their willingness to work with Government in order to improve the facility at Horseshoe Bay. The Government also wishes to acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by SSHG’s legal counsel, Mr. Philip Perinchief, Parliamentary counsel within the Attorney-General’s Chambers and staff of the Estates Section within the Ministry of Government Estates and Information Services for their outstanding contributions as the extremely important ground work for the PPP arrangement took place.
“Finally, the Government wishes Messrs. Caines and their SSHG colleagues continued success in their operation of the facility here at Horseshoe Bay,” concluded Minister Scott.
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