Work At Horseshoe Bay Commencing Tomorrow

January 22, 2017

The Government said they “would like to advise the public that improvement works at Horseshoe Bay Beach are scheduled to commence tomorrow, which will affect certain access points to the beach.”

797 Horseshoe Bay Beach generic February 2016

“Vehicle access to the main entrance will be restricted until the completion of works, which is scheduled for May 1, 2017. Once the work is completed, access through the main entrance will be restored,” a spokesperson said.

“These improvements will increase the ease of transport and accessibility at the beach, as per the Bermuda ‘Beach Vision’.

“The public are advised that there are two locations that will provide alternate access to the beach – both just east of the main access location.

“First location -There is a pedestrian access point which is located across the street from the Southampton Rangers Sports Club field. This access has a large layby and some parking for cars. Beach-goers using this access must exercise some caution due to the steep grade of the path to the beach.

“Second Location -This access point is located at Chaplin Bay which is directly across the street from the Warwick Camp entrance. This access location provides entry for cars, cycles, and pedestrians. Once at this location, the beach visitor must walk in a westerly direction to reach Horseshoe Bay Beach.

“There will be clear signage erected in the coming days.

“The scope of works taking place at Horseshoe Bay Beach includes the following:

  • The construction of a new timber pedestrian boardwalk with view corridor and seating along southern portion of the property connecting into concrete sidewalk with ramp down to existing main beach access area;
  • A new integrated stormwater management swales and civil structural stormwater management systems;
  • The repositioning of existing asphalt roadway to the northern part of the property with circular vehicular loop;
  • New bus, shuttle/mini-bus & taxi drop-off zones and car and bike parking with turf-grass surface.
  • The repositioning of the existing salt water pump for existing bathroom facilities;
  • The construction of  a new retaining wall and seating area near the bus passenger drop-off area;
  • The removal of invasive species of plants and trees, retaining and protecting existing species of plants and trees and planting new plants and trees;
  • The addition of new parking facility lighting with Belco electrical poles and lighting fixtures.

“These improvements will make it easier for tourists and Bermudians alike to enjoy a first class beach,” said the Minister of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities Michael Fahy. “

The work is part of a ‘Beach Vision’ for the island which was produced by the Government of Bermuda and the Bermuda Tourism Authority, which has been in the works for over a year ago.”

The Beach Vision, based on the results of surveys and focus groups carried out, states that the Bermuda beach experience should be “iconic, memorable for its natural beauty, complemented by cleanliness and casual amenities that are culturally authentic — true to the island’s attitude of unpretentious relaxation and warm hospitality”.

“The aim is to deliver a beach experience that lives up to this vision, with a focus on five public beaches in particular — John Smith’s Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Shelly Bay, Tobacco Bay and Clearwater,” said Minister Fahy.

“The main tenet of our plan is to improve the facilities at beaches that already have infrastructure in place, as opposed to creating new infrastructure at beaches where none currently exists.”

“The public may recall that owners and operators of the Bermuda Bistro at the Beach were awarded the tender for the Horseshoe Bay Beach concession last year.  Chops Ltd, which also runs Red Steakhouse and Bar, promises a “classic, vibrant, laid-back Bermuda beach experience.” the spokesperson added.

“There are plans for a happy hour, live music, small gift shop, and an “exciting mix of local and ethnic cuisine” will be on offer along with the rental of chairs, beach toys and umbrellas.”

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  1. Point boy says:

    That’s not restricted access. That’s no access. One of the only beaches on south shore where the disabled have relatively easy access (no steps) to the water

    • Point boy says:

      Just saying: I am all for the OBA’s airport redevelopment plan. I wish we can get going on that! (Job opportunities! Hello)

  2. Cedar Stump says:

    Another OBA achievement…it just keeps getting better. With the new airport, Bermuda might just recover from the devastation of 14 years of PLP dictatorship.

  3. Fultongirl says:

    This all sound good but I would like to see, hear and read that work is being done on your airport. I would hate to be caught there in the rain on my next visit. Your airport needs lots and lots of remodeling to get it up to date with the 21st.century.

    • Fultongirl says:

      I am glad to see the responses as I do not want to carry my umbrella ☔️ As I walk through the terminal or have a piece of roofing fall on me. The Bermudians will do a great job building that Airport up to par. Job opportunities are there!!!!

  4. 747 Airbus 380 says:

    May 1st??????????we know how w and e work and god forbid the mighty c furburt needs a few meetings in-between. When do the cruise ships start up??

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Apparently the job was put out to tender so there is something of a chance for the job to be finished ontime. No W&E involvement with their their 3 hour workdays & meetings. The only W&E interference should be an engineer taking a wander down the hill to see how things are going every once in awhile.

      Still, January, February & March are our worst weather months. This job should have been started 2 months ago while the weather was good. It would have been well on its way by now headed for completion long before the first ship sails in.

      Typical Government way of doing things.

  5. O.M.G says:

    Let’s just get all this work done without any trouble because we will be in such a large light at the start of may and if you all want the best for this island as you say let all get together and make it the best. It’s our future that we have to worry about if we F it up. We have always been know how friendly we are so just keep that up. I have heard some really bad things come out of people’s mouth about the AC. Well let me tell you if you F it up and things go really bad from there meaning people stop investing here it will be all your faults. All this nasty bulls#!t radical nonsense for only power you are going to distroy your own country for your own people that follow you just like the great Brown did when he pulled the country into such Dept. See the problem is that you are all so used to not thinking for yourselfs like you may have done years ago because you were brain washed for at least 13 year of there greedy power. You all loss job under the PLP power because the chased the company out of here not the OBA. There has been so much more people wanting to come in and invest and provide jobs for people then when the PLP were on because they were to frighten to come because they good see the BS going on in the government back then. It’s all about common sense. Please people with some sense help the people to see past the radical BS it’s not about power it’s about your future. When I heard Hayward say he does not care about the AC and I have heard from a well to do PLP minister that it’s not going to happen what the F is wrong with you lot. I just can’t believe it. Very very sad.

    • Bermuda Rocks says:

      Why don’t you tell us how you REALLy feel. :) No, I for the most part agree with you.

  6. Point boy says:

    You use a lot of “you”

    I like (us, we, and can).

  7. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    The one beautiful thing that p.L.P.Governement has done for Bermuda while being in Government was that,,,,,,,,it has given the O.B.A a hard act to follow,,,resulting in the O.B. A. being a one term Government and out by 2018,,,,,,thats a god thing.Peace.!