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Dramatic cliff fall on South Shore

Boulders litter the shoreline after an unstable section of cliff collapsed near the Azura resort (Photograph supplied)

A sizeable cliff collapse near the Azura Boutique Hotel and Residences on the South Shore in Warwick is “dramatic looking, but nothing of substance”, according to the property’s developer.

John Bush said the cliff fall, which occurred in the last two weeks, took out a section of the rock face that would have had to be removed in any event.

“With the recent storms, mother nature beat us to it,” he said.

He added: “Up and down the South Shore of Bermuda, wherever there are cliffs, there is a soft sand seam at the base, which tends to erode over time with wind and water.

“You end up with a concavity where the upper part extends over the lower part. At some point, gravity wins.”

Mr Bush said the cliff fall would have “no impact at all” on the resort, or ongoing work at the adjacent Nautilus property, where a saltwater pool is being installed.

A reinforced concrete foreshore revetment was put in place after the property was bought in 2016, to protect the vulnerable parts of the cliff.

The site was formerly home to the Surf Side Beach Club.

“We created a very substantial reinforced seawall that has protected the cliffs brilliantly over the last five years,” Mr Bush said.

He added that he had been contacted by members of the public who had spotted the “spectacular” rockfall.

“It is eye-catching. Some of the rocks looks about the size of a minibus.

“We will break those boulders down to size so that we can use them for a breakwater.”

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Published October 31, 2022 at 2:40 pm (Updated October 31, 2022 at 2:40 pm)

Dramatic cliff fall on South Shore

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