Govt: ‘Beach Will Remain Open To The Public’

November 28, 2017 | 28 Comments

The Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism is today [Nov 28] “reiterating Government’s commitment that Gates Beach, more commonly referred to as Fort St Catherine Beach, will remain open and accessible to the public.”

A Ministry spokesperson stated: “The Ministry has been made aware of concerns raised at a recent public meeting between residents and the hotel developers about the term ‘reasonable access’ as stated in the St. George’s Resort Act 2015, Clause 3 [a] which reads; the public shall have, free of charge, reasonable access to any beach and foreshore on the property.

“The Ministry wishes to remind the public that this is a public beach and that the developers are aware this and supportive of its use by all.

“The Ministry and developers remain open to keep the St George’s residents and their constituency Members of Parliament apprised as the development progresses.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    Who made sure that the beach would remain open? Thank you OBA. Ignore the photo ops and bites from the PLP who have done nothing since July except to cause confusion and doubt in IB’s minds.

  2. James says:

    No need to worry that hotel will never get built.

    • jt says:

      Wouldn’t be the first implosion out there.

    • wondering says:

      Waiting for the pull out

    • Mrs Brady says:

      I think you’re right. Bermudians who normally would never use this beach, will get all untidy and complain and moan until the hotel backers give up. Such is the attitude of certain Bermudians. Not prepared to give any concession – and so willing to cut off their own noses.

      This is why Bermuda will never make it to modern times and is stubbornly stuck in the past.

      Of course they still say good morning, mistakenly thinking this is all thats necessary.

      • Kathy says:

        Unfortunately, we are selling our souls. We have few natural resources left and to give a hotel such a dominance on one of St. George’s most beautiful beaches was a sin (OBA)! There was absolutely nothing wrong with putting the hotel up on the hill where it was located before. The development that is going on now is disgraceful!

        • MB says:

          Yes there was, the developers didnt want to build a hotel away from the beach. This is what made financial sense to them, hence why its so close to breaki g ground, but people like you will deter it

        • Zevon says:

          All that investment and new jobs are disgraceful. You would rather have Bermudians unemployed. Got it.

    • It does seem like that, doesn’t it?

  3. Onion says:

    The PLP spent all that time trying to mislead people into opposing the resort because of the beach and now the shoe is on the other foot.

  4. Michael says:

    Take your head out of the sand James boy

  5. Lloyd Van putten says:

    I would like to thank all those involved in this statement Very Much.

  6. Truth says:

    please, stfu. Tired of u negative people. Hotel construction is moving nicely.

  7. Izzypop says:

    The owners said from get go the public will hv access to the beach.
    Bermudians just love to make something out of nothing
    But the PLP will take credit for this and make it as if they are flexing their muscles
    But I doubt we will see any hotel there anytime soon.

  8. Gorilla Style says:

    Nope…Not with the Regressive Labor Party in charge

  9. somuchless says:

    Why is the plp making this a big deal? They already said that the beach will remain open to da public and secondly it aint like many people go there anyway.

    • somuchmore says:

      Lol its obvious that you don’t… lot of parties/gatherings occur there daily ,during the warmer months, of all sorts locals and foreigners alike, young and old. #VentureOut

    • Zevon says:

      They like taking credit for other people’s work.

  10. Mb says:

    Well this kind of thing works to hinder development
    It amazes me how Bermuda can be in tourism business but still cater to a public making unreasonable demands
    Either be in tourism or get out, but you cannot grow tourism by catering to interests who are against building hotels on and near our beaches,
    Booming gay tourism mkt, casinos etc…
    Dont care what the govt says, these developers IF they build a hotel and LIFELINE for st geo they will cintrol access to that beach no question. Why on earth would they want locals taking it over all summer?? There will be chairs across beach that are for rent, limiting space, there will be no parking available nearby …. U get the picture, so all u on social media moaning stop playing DUMB and plp stop getting in way if development…if u wNt it

    • Sickofantz says:

      What is unreasonable about wanting access to a beach that we can currently go on?

      When I go there I frequently meet many tourists who are staying at hotels all over the island who are attracted to this beautiful beach.

      • MB says:

        What is unreasonable about wanting access to a beach that we can currently go on?

        YOU / WE DON’T ANY LONGER OWN THE PROPERTY AND RIGHTS TO DEVELOP AND USE BEACH -EXCEP-T UP TO HIGH WATER, THE DEVELOPERS DO .. GOVT GAVE IT TO THEM. BERMUDA CAN ALWAYS CHOOSE TO BUY IT AND KEEP IT PUBLIC BEACH AT TAXPAYER (YOU) EXPENSE KEEP IN MIND. BUT THEY DIDN’T, THEY SOLD IT, SO EITHER YOU ON BOARD WITH TOURISM OR NOT. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU GOING ON THE BEACH AND TALKING TO TOURISTS…NOONE SAYING ANYTHG WRONG WITH THAT

  11. aluminatI says:

    HOW DARE YOU!

  12. CARLY says:

    Somuchless are you serious??? There are lots of people who go to that beach.. It’s my favorite of my..

    • Mrs Brady says:

      Oh I guess we better pull out of the hotel deal then – cos there are no other beaches to go to right?

  13. Wish Us Luck says:

    YAWN
    … this is old “news” Jamahl. No need to repeat.

  14. jammel says:

    We have also reached agreement with mother nature that a chicken will cross the road tomorrow. Looking out for you bda – got your back!

  15. Slipnut says:

    Must look at the big picture, need to move the goal post and be for the Hotel again. If you fallow party tricks one day it’s no good and the next it’s ok. When changing the minds of your constituents you start slow then ramp up the thought. Funny thing is the same party is responsible for the dead land there now. How we forget the Golf Club and restaurant that was fully operational.

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