Plans To Improve Shelly Bay Beach Facilities

June 11, 2015

Plans to improve the facilities at Shelly Bay Beach are taking shape, with structural improvements to the building and the reopening of a restaurant and water sports rental outlet on the agenda.

“Plans are taking shape to improve beach facilities at Shelly Bay Beach, the Ministry of Public Works and the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] said jointly today,” a spokesperson said.

“Plans involve quick fixes for the immediate future, while additional plans are taking shape to permanently improve the public beach experience in the coming months for residents and visitors alike.

“In the short term, after consultation with the Department of Health, Department of Parks has arranged for portable toilets to be installed at Shelly Bay Beach ahead of the upcoming long holiday weekend to commemorate Heroes Day.

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“Parks officials placed two portaloos at Shelly Bay Beach Wednesday. They are located near the original restrooms under the beach house, and will be on site until the permanent restrooms are renovated and repaired.”

“The Ministry of Public Works is more than happy to assist in ensuring that this beach facility has appropriate facilities in time for the holiday and for the summer season,” said Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier.

“Meantime, the BTA is working with Bermudian entrepreneur Tom Steinhoff to vastly improve the beach facilities at Shelly Bay Beach on a permanent basis,” the statement added.

“Government approvals have been granted to permit structural improvements to the building, the reopening of a restaurant and water sport rentals. Improvement plans also include reopening permanent restrooms for the public’s use, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works.

“This is an excellent example of how an improved tourism product can improve quality of experience for visitors and, by extension, enhance quality of life for Bermuda residents,” said Pat Phillip-Fairn, the BTA’s chief product and experiences development officer.

“We’ve helped to empower an entrepreneur who will inject capital into a beach facility that has been derelict for many years. Soon there will be a quality concession for the public beach at Shelly Bay that all of Hamilton Parish can use and be proud of; while at the same time, the BTA can confidently put Shelly Bay on the radars of visitors – particularly vacation renters who may have accommodations in the area.”

“Mr Steinhoff was a successful applicant in the Tourism Experiences investment process last year, managed by the BTA’s Product and Experiences division.

“The process seeks to provide funds for home-grown ideas as part of a coordinated strategy to improve the overall tourism product. BTA investments were also made last year to improve the beach experience at Tobacco Bay.

“The BTA, the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport are working collaboratively to enhance the island’s public beaches.”

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  1. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    you had years to get this place up and running…but you wait till its full blast summertime to start renovations..? no help for the hopeless.

    • Terry says:

      Good point ‘Keepin’.

      This has been news here and elsewhere for sometime . Now we get two porta-potties?

      Go pee in the water or crap there like many do.

      I need a rum.

      • JC says:

        You need to stop posting such pathetic drivel. Aren’t you bored yet? Try going outside, it’s nice…

    • Tourism Advocate says:

      Based on what I read elsewhere, the concessionaire’s renovation plans were stalled because the government approval process was slow. He had hoped to be open in time for Bermuda Day. Not so lucky. Slowed by red tape.

      • Huh? says:

        Could it be that the civil service is being uncooperative?
        I cannot believe that.

    • Cyclist says:

      You can only get people to inject their time and money into a project when there is someone will to do so. Why renovate a building to just have it sit empty and before you know what he occupants need and want? Renovating a business property is not like renovating a home for rent.

    • Cyclist says:

      Yes Keepin it Real…4 Real, there may be no hope for you. But I am still hopeful.

    • smh says:

      Well you know summer comes around every year right? Or did you forget?

    • Cow Polly says:

      @Keepin’ it Real!..4Real? are your comments directed at Mr Steinhoff? Because he’s the guy who’s taking the risk and injecting the money.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        to you and that cyclist fella…go back and read every word i wrote…try and comprehend this time then come back and justify your irrelevant retorts…now you know why bermudians are called dumb…i never mentioned any ones name…i never mentioned about money…my point was the time line of this project…who ever is in charge of that property had many winter months but nooooo we gonna do it after the show has started…i hope you’re there trying to enjoy your days off while construction equipment is in full effect along with saws, jackhammers, hammer drills, concrete mixers, trucks and of course your friendly neighborhood construction workers. oh and by the way guys …don’t go away mad …just go away.

  2. Ditto says:

    If you can’t see the good news here then you are part of problem – likely exacerbating the slow economic recovery rather than being part of the solution.

    Employment, upgraded facilities, and more on offer for visitors and locals alike. Clearly a good thing.

    • Terry says:

      And by the time anything happens summer will be gone.
      Your point again?

      • Cyclist says:

        Next summer fool? Is there no tomorrow for you?

        • Raymond Ray says:

          I have to agree with Cyclist, and all others who can see further than the tip of ones nose…

          • G. Smith says:

            I think we all agreed a long time ago that Terry is a fool.

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          tomorrow is promised to no one…agreed??

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      i don’t recall anyone saying that this was bad news or a bad idea to upgrade, now if the headlines had read, “Sept. 2015 Shelly Bay Beach House to undergo extensive upgrades for the coming year Summer of 2016 for tourists and locals alike…blah blah blah” ,then i wouldn’t have a problem. i noticed that a lot of people come here rehearsed or it seems as such…mind already made up type of thing…read and comprehend please, thanks.

  3. Lois Frederick says:

    This is great news.

    Now BTA and Govt., be as accommodating to the entrepreneurs who wants to revitalise the Admiralty House and Park, with a very well thought out and marketable concept. Please do all you can to cut through that thick red tape.

  4. Um Jus Sayin says:

    For a Gov’t that doesn’t have any money, its amazing they can find so much money for such a “much needed” project.

    • Trulytruly says:

      The entrepreneurs are the ones putting up the big money, $1 million and hence the risk. The govt is merely providing some basic requirements like working toilets etc. Whatever limited funding the Government is providing is much needed as the area has been neglected for years. Do you actually want our tourism infrastructure to be improved and revitalized, or shall we just leave it down there to look like a wasteland?

      • Raymond Ray says:

        Here’s another shoreline venue that needs to be seriously looked into; the former Clay House Inn. This spot has so much potential but presently looks like…well, you all know what I mean.

        • JUNK YARD DOG says:

          @ Raymond RAY

          Carborundum Iligitimi !

          Don’t let the ******** Grind you down !

          Some how i think that we all are beating our heads against the wall,we are going round in ever decreasing circles like the “T” bird.

          We are not a happy people any more as we are being stripped of our earnings and I know who is responsible for that.

        • PBanks says:

          Someone put forward plans to renovate the Clayhouse Inn property a while back, haven’t heard any updates on that. But really, that place is a major eyesore and something ought to be done about it.

          • Boom says:

            I believe the property formerly known as Clayhouse Inn, the New Clayhouse Inn, the New New Clayhouse Inn etc…lol… is owned by the family of the late Dame Lois Browne Evans. It would be great to see it redeveloped! There was news of renovations (on Bernews I believe) but nothing has happened. At this point, I believe that building is to far gone, is unsafe and needs to be demolished before some homeless person is hurt attempting to seek shelter or some curious kids are hurt playing in there.

            It would be awesome to see it come back to life! It was a fun place to hang out at back in the day.

  5. D says:

    Can’t wait until its finished its a nice beach

    • Cyclist says:

      By far the best beach for kids . You can walk forever and he water never gets deeper.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        you should get off of your cycle sometime and give it a try…i see you’re describing the beach and its assets…so, who are you talking too because there isn’t a bermudian family that doesn’t know shelly bay inside and out, or do you work for the dept. of tourism..? time for you to just sit back to listen and learn.

  6. bluebird says:

    Nothing like planning ahead as summer is already here and this project wont be finished until next year.
    More BORROWED money being thrown at something that is not viable,if it was viable it would already be up and running..
    Government controlled again.
    The economy will never return with such a HUGE Government sucking the life out of everything.
    We are still borrowing $220Million per year to keep the Government going.

    • Um Um Like says:


    • Cyclist says:

      Read slowly….“We’ve helped to empower an entrepreneur who will inject capital into a beach facility that has been derelict for many years.”

      By the way Capital = cash. The Entrepreneur is spending his own capital.

      This is the parts where you say …OHHHHHHHH.

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        so explain to a dummy what “helped to empower” means please sir.

  7. LBBean says:

    As a person who grew up in Hamilton Parish many years ago, one of my fondest memories from my childhood are the many picnics that my mother and her friends hosted at Shelly Bay Beach. I would swim all day in the kid friendly waters at Shelly Bay, only coming out to enjoy a delicious standard picnic meal of potato salad, fried chicken, cole slaw and red Koolaid drink.

    Shelly Bay Beach is truly a special spot because of its super calm, low waters – it is perfect for families with young kids and those who are not expert swimmers.

    I am really glad to hear that these beach facilities are going to be revitalised.
    At a minimum shouldn’t all public beaches have some type of bathroom facilities?
    Then considering that we are looking to increase our tourism numbers its nice to know that this public beach which catches everyone’s eye as you pass by it, will be bolstered with a restaurant and beach rental equipment.

  8. it’s really nice to see but watch out because later on down the road its not going to be available for us people to even swim there, a couple of weeks ago It was in the newspaper that some one was to purchase that land. just think about it after all these years NOW they want to fix it up, just watch & see. SMFH

  9. Pertable toilets are way too costly…dig a pit and plumb it to a proper camode…and maintain it properly…cleanliness can be assured through proper maintenance!

  10. Please be aware of cost and upkeep…and dollar value…which experience would you rather for yourself…let alone your guest.