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Joint project for new Horseshoe Bay Beach concession halted

Multimillion redevelopment plans for the facilities at Horseshoe Bay Beach have ground to a halt — with the matter under review by the Ministry of Public Works.

A lawyer representing the South Shore Hospitality Group (SSHG) confirmed that the business group will not be constructing the facility but did not provide a reason.

The project, a public-private partnership between the Government and the South Shore Hospitality Group (SSHG), headed by Mickel Caines, was set to give the toilets, shower facilities and concession shop a multimillion dollar upgrade.

The first phase of the proposal was to construct a fibreglass potable water tank and fibreglass septic tank system to manage sewage and a reverse osmosis water conversion system.

Bathroom upgrades include two-women’s washrooms containing ten bathroom stalls each and two men’s washrooms with six toilet stalls, along with interior and exterior showers and lockers for visitors’ properties.

The plan also featured a two-storey restaurant, four additional spots for cars and eight for cycles and comprehensive landscaping.

At a press conference in July of 2012, it was stated that the work for the facility was supposed to break ground a few months later in October.

Last week the Development Applications Board recommended project’s planning permission renewal for approval but work does not look likely to begin any time soon.

“The matter is still under review as the new Minister wishes to consider the scope of the project before determining the way forward during these current economic challenges,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works.

The project was originally given planning approval last February.

The new structure was to be built in the same location as the current facilities, but to extend further to the north and west.

n Travel website TripAdvisor recently named the popular Horseshoe Bay one of the top ten best beaches in the world as part of their 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Beaches Awards.

In total, 276 beaches around the world were named and ranked according to millions of traveller reviews and opinions.

Horseshoe was listed in the eighth spot, just behind Lopes Mendes Beach in Brazil and famed Airlie Beach, Australia.

Not happening:An artist drawing of a two-storey restaurant and facilities that were planned for Horseshoe Bay.

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Published February 22, 2013 at 10:22 am (Updated February 22, 2013 at 10:22 am)

Joint project for new Horseshoe Bay Beach concession halted

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