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Exclusivity is absolutely not Bermudian

Planned development: objections have been made to Shelly Bay proposals

Dear Sir,

Your correspondent, C. Griffin, has raised important objections to some aspects of the proposed development of the Shelly Bay Beach House as a private exclusive development.

I have not seen the plans. However, the idea of exclusivity of beach access is absolutely not Bermudian, and not to be allowed. In fact, this is so well known that it smacks of a throwaway that will make room for some other doubtful but less objectionable provision.

Since most patrons will be in cars, it makes sense to eliminate the proposed seven-car west parking lot and add several more to the main parking lot. Bike parking there can be reduced and some bike parking space moved to unused nooks.

Griffin’s comments on these appear to be well founded. I cannot comment on the grassy area without seeing the plans, but the choice between it and the games areas should be carefully analysed by the planning department. New developments will help Bermuda, but we must be cautious and not lose our Bermudian flavour by copying other places. This facility should be a regular commercial operation.

Yours sincerely,