$$ Washed Away

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist | 13 Comments
August 10, 2017 6:50 pm AST
Photo Credit: Two Of Us Photography/Burton Smith
Monday's flooding has resulted in a major setback for one of the government's vital projects - the $1.5M Brandywine Bay Beach Development Project, destroying the works already done, which was scheduled to be completed later this year.

A visit to the project, showed that sand and other land fill products were leveled by flood waters and washed into the sea.

It is unclear at this time how much money has been lost due to the damage as officials continue to assess the situation around the island.

Ironically, last month, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Hon. Dr Kedrick Pickering, warned that they need to take climate change seriously. To this end, he gave a scenario with the Brandywine Bay beach project, which could result in government losing millions.

"I could make a suggestion to you right away; with all the work that we have done on the beach at Brandywine Bay, the destruction of the pond over the years now puts the beach that close to destroying all of the hard work that we have done," Dr. Pickering said on July 17.

"So I can see a project sitting there, waiting for the restoration of the pond in that area, if we are going to realise the benefits of the developments that we envisioned for Brandywine Bay."

The project includes the construction of a pavilion (vendor booths) for food vendors and other vendors selling items of interest to tourists and visitors alike; and utility hut to house the control for the electrical and water infrastructure.

Photo Credit: Two Of Us Photography/Burton Smith
It will also include revitalized restrooms; bus loading area for the unloading and reloading of passengers; and kiosks along the length of the beach for shade.

Dr. Pickering, previously indicated that they have finished most of the work under the first phase, which was to widen the beach, to help remove most of the silt that was at the bottom of the beach. This, he said, made the beach non-functional.

In relation to the second phase, Dr. Pickering said that this includes the installation of concession stands and a walkway.
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Lily ann
Of they had use that money for the drainage infrastructure ... then we would be been good by now ...
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true Development
These recent storms have shown that the proposal made by the Ministry of Natural Resources makes sense to move the road inland to create more beach space, include development, while reinstating the ponds to their natural purpose.
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Duhhh
so why was the pond not restored first???
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Here goes...
Building a beach (which we obviously have a shortage of) is a vital project?!?!?! Talk about messed up priorities...
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S.R.
Will Hon. Dr. Pickering and others ever realize that humans cannot make a beach, only GOD can! Josiah Bay beach does not look much better, but like is always has, it will return to being a nice beach (and faster than most think with no help from our dollars). It is a natural beach and not something the government dreamed up starting when they brought in sand from the current airport. It never has been a beach and never will in spite of the government attempts. FIX THE ROADS!!!
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dog
exactly. it is arrogance to think that we can create a beach where there wasn't one and cover the grasses which may have an effect on how natural run-off is handled.
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true development
It was a beach for the obvious reason that there is sand and people has been using it as such. It now makes sense for the Residents of Brandywine Bay to reconsider the proposal by MNRL to move the road inland. It is hoped that the same ministry ensures that the ponds that are there now, remain as the mechanisms to drain the runoff off and prevent silt from getting into the sand and the rest of the beach.
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Man made beaches around the world
Why are we so afraid of development? Yes, erosion can cause a beach to go back to its natural state, but the question is what mechanisms need to be in place for BWB to remain as a beach? Solution. Restore the ponds in the area by lining them with rocks to n filter runoff and silt; move the road inland as proposed by Ministry of Natural Resources a year ago so that area become additional beach; compensate landowners; and continue with responsible development taking into account Climate Change.
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Yea
Ndp god dealing with u now .now give back to us
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Bridget Brist
It was coming along so nicely, but, force of nature -not to be reckoned with!!
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Brandy wine isn't a beach. It is a mangrove m/sea grass bed. The politicians think they know more then Mother Nature
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Duh!
Doesn't the government respect the power of Mother Nature? Obviously not! Best this project got wiped away before more money was wasted on phase two. This should be a lesson learned, it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.
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RealityCheck
That beach will always try to return to its original state and will require annual re-filling to maintain the desired size. It is a money pit of a project, another government mistake incurring financial and environmental costs that will be mostly swepped under the rug. Few local businesses will earn their cash from it though, and will continue to earn every year when they come back to pump more sand on the beach!
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