Laborie community takes initiative to protect and manage beach

By Laborie Development Foundation

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Rudy John Beach Park

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Rudy John Beach Park, Laborie’s very popular recreation spot, has been in the news on more than one occasion in the past, including in 2015 when residents found an official notice indicating that “the coconut trees will be removed”.

It was also in the spotlight recently with the unconfirmed news that a nearby hotel would construct facilities for its clientele at the Park.

On both occasions, the community and other concerned citizens have expressed their disapproval, and online petitions have been circulating calling on relevant authorities to maintain the Beach Park as a public attraction accessible to all. “We must save this beach,” says Laborie resident Nicholas Ambrose, who has mobilised support for the protection of this site. “We must, because we have already lost too much. We need to preserve what’s left for present and future generations.”

“There are a number issues that need to be addressed on that beach,” says Augustine Dominique, President of the Laborie Development Foundation. “It’s not only about responding to what people have heard on the news. We have issues with parking and vehicular access, beach erosion, intensive use on weekends, and noise pollution. We also want to make sure that the Laborie community benefits more from the use of this beach.”

In response to these concerns, the Foundation, in close consultation with the Laborie-Augier Constituency Council, is organising a workshop to develop a management plan for the Beach Park. This will take place on Friday 21 September. National organisations such as the National Conservation Authority, community organisations and concerned citizens have been invited to attend and contribute.

“We want to start from a few basic principles,” says Foundation Board Member and General Manager of the Laborie Credit Union Lucius Ellevic, “principles such as no-privatisation, optimum community benefits, local management authority, and environmental quality. From there, we will identify all the measures that are needed to keep this beach beautiful, clean, attractive and accessible to all.”

The organisers of the workshop expect that a complete management plan will be available by mid-October, for submission to the relevant authorities, following a round of community consultation over the coming weeks.

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5 comments

  1. Alva never thought about building facilities there for ya'll and also tourist to enjoy. I guess he's saving these things for the next elections to promise ya'll something good. The beach needs showers, lockers, benches and lunch tables and some other stuff to make it look more attractive. WHEN I HEAR LUCIANS TALKING ABOUT OUR BEACHES AND HOW THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY I DOES GET SO MAD BECAUSE YOU SWEAR ALL THESE BEACHES ARE SO WONDERFUL AND THEY THE LUCIANS TAKE CARE OF THEM YOU KNOW. EVERYWHERE IS GARBAGE, THEY COME HAVE THEIR GET TOGETHERS AND LEAVE EVERYTHING RIGHT THERE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SOME OF THOSE BEACHES HAVE NO PROPER ACCESS OR EVEN FACILITIES TO MAKE THEM LOOK UP TO STANDARD. HAVE YA'LL EVER BEEN TO BARBADOS? NOW THAT'S BEACHES. NEXT TIME WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR BEACHES PLEASE GET OUR GOVERNMENT OR THE CONSTITUENCY REPS DO IMPROVE THE BEACHES AND MAKE THEM LOOK TRUELY INVITING FOR US THE LOCALS TO ENJOY SAFELY AND ALSO THE TOURIST THEN I'LL SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL PRIDE OF OUR BEACHES.

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    • @Truth......Thanks for speaking the honest truth you nail it. Laborie beach is nothing but a public rest room with more poop than the sewer all under Alva watch he NEVER care some of the people of Laborie have no shame. The village needs a fix a rup a nothing to do nothing to see so boring why do you think he lives so far away. Let's be honest what has he really done for Laborie? Nada not a pecko are you all so blind and confuse wake up people kick that bluffer out you all deserve a lot better let's turn the place to another up NORTH. Again not only Rudy John beach but all the others thanks stop saying our beach our beach my azz yet you all poop all over turn tricks on and more them stop the madness.

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  2. Proud of you guys. We need to protect the little that we have in terms of space so Laborians can enjoy.

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  3. Run them don't let they built anything on it . Vieux fort already gone. Organize and make it a paid to use facility half of it I would gladly pay as long as the funds goes to cleaning the beach putting in place maintaining proper bathroom facilities. Absolutely no parking and no animals . I am glad the folks in Laborie know what they have far too many don't until its gone to development

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