Submitted by Anthony Davis
It has taken three years to get to this stage but work on the much anticipated US $100 million Hyatt Centric Resort is finally set to get under way within the next two months – Barbados Today
In a letter to BARBADOS UNDERGROUND under the headline BAJANS WAKE UP! YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOSE BROWN’S BEACH David Comissiong wrote, among other things: “The foreign businessmen, Patrick McCudden, also informed the people of Barbados that all senior positions at the new hotel WILL be filled by “EXPATRIATES”! (Apparently, we Barbadians are only qualified to hold low level jobs in this Hyatt hotel!)
Pray tell me, ministers Sealy and Sinckler, didn’t the PM say recently that the BLP has a number of spineless men in its party?
If what Mr. Comissiong says is true about only expatriates will have the top jobs at the Hyatt hotel, where are your spines when you allow some foreign bigot to stipulate such?
Are there no people in this country who qualify for such positions?
I, like Mr. Comissiong, am totally against the building of such a monstrosity on any part of Brown’s beach!
Brown’s beach is one of the last pristine beaches in this country where not only the indigenous go, but many of those repeat visitors who cannot afford the type of prices the clients of this hotel chain can.
If no planning permission has been given yet, does that not make the signing of that document null and void?
I cannot see how “the exterior will be blended with historic Garrison and Bridgetown”, because, as far as I know, there were no twelve storey eyesores during the time of slavery.
What makes it worse is that there will be 12-storey twin towers desecrating the landscape along Brown’s beach. This means that one will not be able to see the beauty of the beach when one drives, rides, or walks along Bay Street, meaning that those tourists who come here for the first time, and hire cars will not know what as beautiful beach hidden by that 12-storey, camouflaged hotel!
What about vehicles entering/exiting that property?
That will cause more obstruction/congestion on Bay Street – especially at peak times where the traffic is already very bad!
I surmise that the highest buildings during the slavery period would have been Sam Lord’s castle, and the churches, so wheel and come again!
I have the feeling that not one of you cares if Barbados loses its WHO World Heritage Site designation.
Dresden, a city in Germany, lost its its designation because the authorities had the bright idea of building a new bridge over the river there. I really think that you should keep the drawings for that monstrosity exactly where they are – awaiting approval. This hotel will be right opposite Bethel Methodist church, so tell me how will it blend in with the architecture of that church?
I’ve not heard so much gobbledygook in a long while!
Brown’s beach should be left as it is.
I’m also one who think that we will not be able to walk among the rich, the famous and the bigoted once that monstrosity is there!
I would also like to know what kind of sweetheart deal the owners have received, seeing that the indigenous hotels have not received the same deal that Sandals has up to now!
Government will not see one red cent in foreign exchange from the owners of the condominiums, as that money will leave the island as fast as it comes, and the owners will be foreigners.
How about the Building Code which states that buildings should not be above a certain height?
Has that been rescinded?
You are selling our heritage, our scions’ and their scions’ heritage for thirty pieces of silver!
I hope that you know what happened with Judas!
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. – William H. Borah