NCC Head: Beaches are yours to use!
General Manager of the National Conservation Commission (NCC), Keith Neblett has reiterated that access to beaches across the island is open to everyone and he has also called on promoters to make full use of beaches for events.
Over the last month, tempers were at boiling point after the management of Crane Beach in St. Philip locked away beach chairs belonging to locals vendors and lined the beach entire stretch of the beach with hotel chairs. Scores of Barbadians came out to a protest, led by calypsonian and cultural ambassador, Mighty Gabby, to show solidarity with the plight of the vendors.
Speaking at a Sponsors and Media Reception for the Barbados Reggae Festival last night at Kensington Oval, Neblett said he was in full support of citizens and promoters accessing all beaches.
"We have this ongoing thing in terms of access to the beach, it is not a problem for shows. The beaches are not a problem for Barbadians to access it so continue to use our beaches, they are public."
He added the NCC will be pushing for more promoters to use public beaches, providing they meet the necessary requirements.
"What I want to say about the beach specifically as it relates to shows, is that we will continue to encourage promoters to use our beaches as long as they meet the requirements. And as long as the location does not impact the access and the use of it by the public. Though [the event] is there for only 24 or 48 hours, we encourage it. Over the last two or three years we have encouraged a lot of the Crop Over promoters to use our beaches and we will continue to do that."
The Reggae Beach Party comes off on April 22 at Pirates Cove Beach on Bay Street and will feature a host of local and regional artistes including Aidonia, Ding Dong and Shensea out of Jamaica. Lady Essense, Scrilla and Lady Essence are some of the local acts on board for the show.