Photos & Videos: BTA Shelly Bay Vendor Demo

August 9, 2018 | 21 Comments

[Updated] The Bermuda Tourism Authority is hosting an event this evening [Aug 9] at Shelly Bay in which potential vendors are set to provide demonstrations of what they plan to offer.

The concept to add concessions at the Hamilton parish beach has not been without controversy, with a group of residents expressing concern about the matter and earlier today LaVerne Furbert said, “Our group met earlier today with Ministers David Burch and Jamahl Simmons and it was agreed that Shelly Bay Beach will not be included in the BTA’s Beach Vision.

“We agreed that it would be acceptable for a food truck/lunch wagon could be located in the grassy area adjoining the parking lot, but no vendors will be located on the beach,” Ms Furbert added.

Following that statement, a BTA spokesperson said, “We’re continuing with tonight’s event. We’re not going to abandon the entrepreneurs. They’ve worked too hard.”

You can view all our coverage of the Shelly Bay proposal here, and we will have additional coverage later on, and in the meantime the live video is below; we will be doing interviews as able during the stream.

Update 6.40pm: The vendors all have lines of customers waiting. Our live stream continues, and so far we have spoken with Minister of Tourism and Economic Development Jamahl Simmons, BTA CEO Kevin Dallas, BTA Director of Strategy & Corporate Communications Glenn Jones and Ashley of Ashley’s Lemonade. If you missed the interviews, you can watch once the stream concludes.

Update: The first part of the live broadcast has ended, and the 26-minute live video replay is below:

During the second part of the live broadcast we spoke with a number of people including LaVerne Furbert, OBA Chairperson Justin Mathias, Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch, as well as multiple vendors and attendees.

Update: The second part of the live broadcast has ended, and the 34-minute live video replay is below:

We are working on extracting some of the interviews and posting them individually, however this will take a while, so we likely won’t have that completed until the morning, and in the meantime some photos are below.

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  1. Say Whaaat? says:

    So are they going to cancel the rickety wooden walkway that’s like the dangerous one at Horseshoe Bay? I saw a tourist almost fall on rocks from off the walkway. Horrible design!

  2. Hope says:

    Was there really no ability to compromise here? If bathroom facilities were installed, and disabled access, then surely room can be made for a lemonade stand!! Christ almighty. Would the world really fall apart if you supported a young entrepreneur here?! The mind seriously boggles.

    • Wahoo says:

      It is the “no no no” mentality at work. At least Ashley keeps smiling.

  3. Clarke L jones says:

    Question? will they patronize him when he is there on a daily basis

  4. Sweet Tooth says:

    Very simple and concise they don’t want to compromise as big as the beach is, its all about being politically against the BTA cause who runs it. Pure politics and bull crap.

  5. Sand Flea says:

    pure self centered NIMBY, beach is plenty big enough for ALL and yes I am Bermudian for ALL Its also very political( just look )

    • Hey Nimby, have you been to Shelly Bay when its tip high tide?
      You only have 4 feet to the tree line.
      Duh

      • Sand Flea says:

        and what of the area behind your tree line and off to the side. DUH by the way what is TIP high tide ?

  6. Rocky5 says:

    What happened to the pool for physically challenged Bermudians at MAWI?

  7. Real Deal says:

    well he is correct tourist was to chill with locals

  8. Mark says:

    Bet you Laverne got her free dinner.

  9. Lloyd Van putten says:

    MS LAVERNE FURBERT YOUR INTERVIEW WAS SPOT ON REALLY ENJOYED IT.

  10. Onion Breath says:

    looks like laverne got everyones free dinner.

  11. MM says:

    Fort St. Catherine beach and Horseshoe Bay beach and Tobacco Bay have concessions, in fact I have to leave St Catherine beach out cause it is more than 90 percent contained by the hotel,and same way with Tobacco Bay, very limited use for the locals. I think Shelly Bay should have one or two concessions but tastefully placed so as to minimize their impact on the environment and the community’s access not displaced. We don’t want small business, grow to large. Further I believe, Bermuda College students under the watchful eye of experienced chefs should run the whole operation. Let,s give our young people purpose and opportunity, seems like we push them aside in favour of established businesses.

    • Too little says:

      And you will foot the bill for this magnificent Disney world idea? Great I support you

  12. Carlton says:

    crabs in a bucket onions fighting onions go along

  13. Eve says:

    It continues to puzzle me that no one pushes for BTA to provide details of the ROI on the funding BTA provides to these vendors and other businesses they fund. Bottom line, BTA funding in a majority of these cases is an “income supplement” with no oversight. If Larry Burchall was still with us he would be able to calulate the ROI on true cost of each visitor taking into consideration all the concessions the government has given to airlines, hotels, cruise lines, etc. and overall cost of the BTA. How much are Bermuda taxpayer’s supplementing each air & cruise visitor???

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