Neighbours fear for safety of Warwick beach cliff
A vulnerable South Shore cliff face where waves have continuously cut away at the base has again prompted warnings from area residents.
The erosion-prone coastline, adjoining the Bermudiana Beach Resort property in Warwick, had been flagged up over rock collapses since the years prior to the building of the Grand Atlantic housing complex on the former site of the Golden Hind.
The base of the cliff in front of Bermudiana, where a softer seam of rock has proved susceptible to undercutting by waves, is now protected by a wall.
But to the west, where the wall stops at the property line, waves have once more hollowed out areas of the cliff.
One beach walker said it needed “urgent repair before the next storm, or they will lose a lot of the cliff”.
“The problem is, the wall stops at the boundary of the new hotel property and Southlands – the waves can get behind that wall, so it just needs continuation.”
Another resident highlighted fresh rocks falls and said part of the protective wall also showed signs of cracking.
The Bermudiana Resort site, which has been shored up and reinforced by its previous developer and now the Bermuda Housing Corporation, drew political crossfire when it was home to affordable housing that failed to attract buyers.
Successive Progressive Labour Party ministers charged that complaints from the Opposition as well as environmentalists sowed mistrust of the development, which has since been rebranded and repurposed for tourism and condos.
Requests for comment from the Public Works Department and the Bermuda Housing Corporation, which is developing the hotel, were not answered by press time.