Details Of Planned Upgrades At Horseshoe Bay

April 15, 2016

The Department of Parks described several upgrades planned for Horseshoe Bay Beach including the addition of a new staircase with a moongate leading onto the Outdoor Patio Area, the construction of a buttery-style roof above the existing entrance to the Concession Building and much more.

Rick Olson — whose company was awarded the concession — previously said, “We intend to preserve the natural beauty and safety of Bermuda’s beaches, while also maintaining a casual and relaxing food, beverage and entertainment experience out of renovated and refurbished premises.

“As part of our strategy, we intend to develop a brand that becomes internationally recognised and beach centric, which is environmentally conscious and both relaxing and exciting.”

797 Horseshoe Bay Beach generic February 2016

A spokesperson said, “The Department of Parks is excited to inform the public about several upgrades planned for the Concession Building and surrounding area at Horseshoe Bay Beach in South Shore Park, Southampton aimed at improving the user experience.

“These upgrades can be seen on the site plan below, and are to include the following:

  • The addition of a new staircase with a moongate leading onto the Outdoor Patio Area. The purpose is to provide an additional access, in keeping with Bermuda architectural style, onto the Outdoor Patio Area. This will help to alleviate the congestion of people which currently occurs with only one access point.
  • The installation of an overhead sail-style shade system in the area immediately in front of the Concession Building and Restroom Facility, and above the Outdoor Patio Area. The purpose is to provide some shade in these serviced areas.
  • The installation of a security fence from the northwest corner of the Restroom Building to the western property boundary. The purpose is to provide enhanced security for the Concession Building and surrounding area.
  • The construction of a covered bar area on the Outdoor Patio Area. The purpose is to improve the overall function and layout of the Concession Building by providing an additional service outlet.
  • The replacement of the damaged roof above the south-western end of the Concession Building with a timber roof with deck above. The purpose is to provide additional outdoor seating space while conducting necessary repairs.
  • The construction of a buttery-style roof above the existing entrance to the Concession Building and extension of concrete slab. The purpose is to address the cause of identified leaks, and to provide a better connection between the Concession Building and Restroom Facility via the access ramp.

park site plan bermuda April 15 2016

“The public is invited to visit the Main Office of the Department of Parks to inspect the proposed plans and/or to provide comments on these developments to the Minister of Public Works, for his consideration.

“All comments must be in writing and hand delivered to the Department of Parks, 169 South Road Paget, by no later than 5pm on Friday, 22nd April,

“As the public may recall, the Ministry of Public Works announced that the tender for the Horseshoe Bay Concession has been awarded to Chops Ltd.

“Chops Ltd. promises a classic, vibrant, laidback Bermuda Beach experience. There are plans for a happy hour, live music, and an exciting mix of local and ethnic cuisine will be on offer along with the rental of chairs, beach toys, umbrellas and snorkel gear.  There will also be a small retail gift shop.”

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  1. Skeptical says:

    Is there going to be added car parking? I went to the beach last week and all the car parking in the main area has been changed to bike parking. Only the upper area has car spaces and that won’t be enough at the height of use.

    • Tourist don’t drive cars.

      • Ed Case says:

        Thats because Bermuda doesn’t compete in the tourism arena. Every other place on the planet you can rent a car (except maybe Pitcairn) but not here because we are ‘spashul’. We prefer to send out tourists on unreliable taxis, striking ripoff buses, and deathtrap mopeds.

        Bermuda simply doesn’t compete anymore – very sad. Bermudians don’t want any inconvenience – because we’re ‘entitled’.

        • Fascinated says:

          It’s a safety and space issue, moron. 200,000 tourists and you want to allow them to drive cars on the opposite side of the tiny roads we have? Brilliant idea. Yeah the “deathtrap mopeds” clearly isn’t bad enough for you.

          • Ed Case says:

            You are clearly the moron. Too dangerous to drive a car so we give them bikes. Talk about dumb Bermudians. You only fascinate yourself.

            • Ed Case says:

              So I stand by my comments. Bermuda does not compete and thats why tourism is in the toilet. Bermudians think tourists couldnt handle a car so we give them bikes. Talk about moronic.

            • Fascinated says:

              We’ll let the likes and dislikes determine who the moron is. Hint, it’s you.

          • Um Um Like says:

            With all the expats the PLP chased away, we’ve surely got enough room on our roads for the few tourists that now visit us!

            • mixitup says:

              It’s the thousands of Bermudians that the OBA chased away making all the room… But that’s of no concern to you is it?

        • Rhonda says:

          how many cars should we add to road or have available for rent…..100, 200, 500, or maybe 10 20,50…….

          • Ed Case says:

            None probably, because entitled Bermudians dont want to be inconvenienced in any way.
            Why not ban pesky tourists completely.

        • Tony Brannon says:

          Bermuda loses tourist bookings everyday because people want to rent cars on holiday.
          The naysayers are typical NIMBY ONIONS.

          It is time to get cracking. Even Sir Russell Coutts of Americas Cup lamented on British TV that Bermuda doesn’t rent cars
          Grant Gibbons…. make it happen.

          • Fascinated says:

            No thanks, we all like living. They have other ways of getting around and nobody cares what Russell Coutts thinks.

      • Tolerate says:

        Agree 100%…. they don’t and as a um,um,um… “Tourist” destination, we should cater to them as OJ has eluded to.

  2. Comfortably numb says:

    If they are relying on “Works” and Engineering to do the job it should be finished by 2020.

    • mmmm says:

      The same W&E which employees mainly Unionised Bermudians. You have a point.

  3. moonbeam says:

    This is good news – albeit belated in coming ! I am sure Chops Ltd (Rick Olson’s enterprises) will do an excellent job of providing first class concession facilities. Hopefully, they will receive full co-operation from Governmentin providing a world class beach experience at Horseshoe.

  4. Full co-operation from government !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    How do you think he got it?

    • be realistic says:

      Explain please – and do you really need to add 23 exclamation marks?

    • Terry says:

      First time ever I have agreed with you Juice.

    • Dontworryboutathing says:

      Same way the previous person did.

    • moonbeam says:

      —- such a snide remark ! Pity ! I can assure you Rick Olson got the bid HONESTLY because he put in the most suitable bid, and because Government knows he will be dedicated to making it a success (as proven by his other ventures). This is progress.

  5. Bird says:

    Onion
    Everything you right is ether hateful or negative I would hate to live in your household.

  6. Fascinated says:

    Rick Olsen? Guess I will bring my own food. I refuse to give that man one cent.

  7. Maddog says:

    Horsehoe Beach has been named as one of the top beaches from around the world, so great to see that improvements are planned to the facilities. They definately need a face lift. However, PLEASE don’t commercialise too much, the natural beauty is the attraction…loud music, excessive trash and obnoxious structures will destroy it.

    • Cow Polly says:

      I think the beach is long enough to handle everyone’s requirements for when they visit the beach. Closer to the entrance, commercial; in the middle sports activities (Volleyball); far end – peace and tranquility :-)

      Wish you all the best Rick on this endeavor although I have to agree with the parking issue. If there’s a place to park I’ll see you at happy hour

  8. Hope says:

    Are there plans to renovate the bathrooms too? They are pretty disgusting to say the least!
    Otherwise though…plans look great! Will be good to see this turned in to a potential evening venue too.
    Agree on the car parking though, I think that needs a revamp. The recent changes have resulted in these super long parking bays that have a lot of wasted space, there must be a better way to allocate the spaces out.

  9. just wondering says:

    was this so much better and provided more revenue for the Government that any of the other proposals??

  10. paperboy says:

    I think this is very exciting news about improving our local and guest experience at this amazing natural resource.

    I wish them well with developing a sustainable model that can teach us how to connect private enterprise, government resources and our human desire to be outside in natural beauty, well feed and cared for.

    Increasing the quality of the physical plant is a great first step as bathrooms, showers and good food is a welcomed addition.

  11. Frank says:

    Great another Bar to go to on the Beach till 3am!

  12. Go and review the Plans for yourself, then express your views / opinions.
    “The public is invited to visit the Main Office of the Department of Parks to inspect the proposed plans and/or to provide comments on these developments to the Minister of Public Works, for his consideration.
    All comments must be in writing and hand delivered to the Department of Parks, 169 South Road Paget, by no later than 5p.m on Friday, 22nd April”

  13. rhonda says:

    Hasn’t the construction already started. Is the government prepared for changes to a foundation that is already laid, or is the invite to view a symbolic gesture.

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