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‘Spin' is tiresome

February 27, 2011

Dear Sir,

“Premier declares new developement a vote of confidence in Bermuda” This is Friday's Page 5

Royal Gazette article on the Greens new building on the old Waterloo House site. Later Ms Cox says it is a step towards “revitalizing” the waterfront. Spin is getting so tiresome! What revitalisation? From the Hamilton Princess to HSBC, on both sides of the road, is a concrete jungle. The Cox family behemoth, Belvedere, BF&M, the other Green building, Ace, XL, Bluck's. A concrete jungle indeed,except for Barr's Park and Albouy's Point, two buildingless lawns.

I heard a couple of years ago that Waterloo House was going to be sold, so I took my boat and sat off the property, taking a few pictures.The magnificent Poinciana tree was in full bloom What a unique place it was. As you walked in from Pitts Bay Road,you entered past two magnificent cedar doors, descended the steps through a quadrangle of hanging plants and ferns, listened to the sound of running water from the fountain. As you walked onto one of the two terraces, there was a stunning cedar bar on the left and a delightful small dining room on the right. There were two patios, one for relaxing and one for dining. The dining side was in the shade of the Poinciana tree. I sent many people there over the years and they loved it. It was a “one of a kind” gem in a sterile concrete environment.There will never be anything like it again,so I cherish my photos.

Now I know it wasn't making money and the Coral Beach family felt they had to sell it.The Greens needed more office space. And make no mistake, I have known the Green family for many years .They are nice people. They support and love Bermuda, are Bermudian and are very successful in what they do. I know they looked at other sites and I would hope that they would have preferred to have built somewhere else. However, that is not the way it worked out and we have sacrificed yet another most interesting and delightful property for another miserable concrete block.

Shame on Bermuda for being hellbent on covering the whole island with concrete.But since “revitalisation” and “concrete over” seem to mean the same thing, it will continue. It's all about money! Heartbroken,

DUNCAN MORAN

Paget

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Published March 10, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated March 10, 2011 at 9:47 am)

‘Spin' is tiresome

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