Info Session: Mangrove Bay Beach Development

May 26, 2015

Mangrove Bay2The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation’s Somerset Economic Empowerment Zone [SEEZ] will be hosting a Mangrove Bay Beach Development Public Information & Design Session on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Sandys Middle School from 6:00pm to 8:45pm.

Key partners in the BEDC, SEEZ Mangrove Bay Beach development project include Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, The Sandys Parish Council, The Bermuda Tourism Authority, and the Government Departments of Planning; Public Lands & Buildings; Highways; and Parks.

“Since its 2012 public forum, the SEEZ has trumpeted the wholesale regeneration of Mangrove Bay. Now, the SEEZ alongside its strategic partners are poised to fully optimize the beach’s natural assets in conjunction with embracing underlying developmental challenges and constraints,” the BEDC said.

“The beach, long heralded as one of Somerset’s natural treasures, has beautiful northward facing vistas, mostly calm waters and is closely linked with the vibrant Mangrove Bay commercial hub. Concurrently, the beach has an eroding foreshore, no proper access and egress, is laden with abandoned punts, has road water drainage issues and has no infrastructure for healthy economic activity.”

William Spriggs, BEDC Economic Development Officer, Somerset EEZ, commented, “In addition to the various forms of advice and financial assistance we give to small businesses in Somerset we are excited about partnering with the right private and public entities to develop the Mangrove Bay Beach to its fullest potential.

“Picturing the beach in a regenerated state, we envision at least a dozen new seasonal businesses that could be established on and around Mangrove Bay Beach which can contribute to better serving locals and visitors alike. Overcoming the beach’s long standing development issues and sensitivities won’t be easy, but we have set ourselves to the task of producing great results”.

Mr. Spriggs continued “Simply put, Mangrove Bay Beach is a dirty diamond that has been neglected for far too long. Somerset, and Bermuda as a whole, needs full use of all of its natural assets, especially with the expectation that thousands of Bermudians and visitors will pass by the beach on their way to Dockyard to participate in the America’s Cup festivities.”

The public are invited to attend the June 1st information session to learn about the beach’s history, dynamics, what makes a successful beach destination, and also to give their input on what should be incorporated into the beach’s design and prospective development.

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  1. Lala says:

    Good idea.

  2. Onion says:

    Where is the PLP to scream about privatisation?

  3. I heart 441 says:

    I have an idea, keep it naturally beautiful without any development by mankind.

  4. Raymond Ray says:

    I believe in improving anything; especially a place where families can enjoy themselves…
    This brings to my mind the, “Nine Beaches” and that foul odor emitting,(at times) from them damn cows manure up over the hill :-( The winds when blowing towards this potential resort / public beaches is atrocious! Whoever can assist with bettering this area, now would be the time to discuss the matter at hand with all Sandys constituent.

  5. MAKE MY DAY says:

    First you had better get rid of that big half-reef 30 yds from shore in the middle of the beach!! I used to catch “scuddles” around there for fishing bait – back in the 60′s!!!