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Last chance to save Anegada beach

- Foreign contractor expected in soon
The damaged stairway at Keel Point beach, Anegada. The evidence of erosion is also very visible in backgroud. Photo: VINO
It does not take a searching effort to notice serious risks posed by the erosion. Photo: VINO
It does not take a searching effort to notice serious risks posed by the erosion. Photo: VINO
One of the Keel Point cottages that are being threatened as well as one of the coconut tress which is currently on the brink of collapse as its roots are already exposed. Photo: VINO
One of the Keel Point cottages that are being threatened as well as one of the coconut tress which is currently on the brink of collapse as its roots are already exposed. Photo: VINO
Erosion has been threatening the integrity of the Keel Point beach for quite a number of years. The beach has been extensively eroded and with the passage of time is getting worse. Photo: VINO
Erosion has been threatening the integrity of the Keel Point beach for quite a number of years. The beach has been extensively eroded and with the passage of time is getting worse. Photo: VINO
KEEL POINT, Anegada, VI – Left unattended for another month or so, the decorated coconut trees lining the beach at Keel Point, Anegada, could all be uprooted and possibly washed out to sea and with a little more time the cottages could also be gone with the wave.

This is a situation that has been threatening the integrity of the Keel Point beach for quite a number of years. The beach is extensively eroded and is getting worse with the passage of time.

The cottages at Keel Point beach are owned by Mr Rudolph W. Francis who explained that the problem of the erosion of the beach, which in his estimation is about over 500ft long, was hit by high and heavy waves fueled by a tsunami approximately five to six years ago. “I can’t recall the exact year, but it was a really big tsunami about five or six years ago that sent the waves crashing into the beach.”

He said that ever since, the erosions have gotten worse with the passage of time and his plea for assistance to arrest the erosion is falling on deaf ears. “But they say that in the next two weeks some contractors will be coming in to start working on the problem,” said Mr Fraser. He added he had appealed to past and present ministers of Government and is finally confident that something will be done.

“Everything sounds positive and I am confident that finally they are coming to have the problem addressed and fixed.” said the Anegada resident.

A visit of to the beach by Virgin Islands News Online revealed the extent of the erosion. The sand walls along the beach bore evidence of constant erosion. The long line of coconut trees, along what is now the edge of the beach wall, are mostly exposed and with just a few heavy lashes of waves, the trees could be gone.

The concrete foot path leading down to the beach has been seriously eroded as well to the extent of it being cracked in several areas, undermined and parts severed. What is of major concern to Mr Francis is the fact that the integrity of his cottages is seriously being threatened. “It has really affected business as per say but what I am concerned about is the cottages, and you see the coconut trees will all soon be down on the beach,” he said.

This was also witnessed by Director of Tourism, Mrs Sharon Flax-Mars who, along with a team of officials from the BVI Tourist Board, was on a visit to the island. Mrs Flax-Mars did say she was reliably advised that Conservation Department is aggressively addressing the matter.

Contacted yesterday afternoon, February 25, 2013 Acting Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer Mr Kelvin Penn confirmed that a contractor out of Barbados has been identified and works are scheduled to commence soon. However, he referred this news site to the Department for Disaster Management (DDM) for further details since, according to him, it is the agency through which the project is being channeled. Efforts to make contact with DDM proved futile.   

13 Responses to “Last chance to save Anegada beach”

  • BREAKING NEWS (26/02/2013, 07:48) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good reporting VINO seems like the sister islands are left behind by the NDP...they only pay attention to VG in an attempt to get out Uncle Ralph
    • Poor Mankind (26/02/2013, 09:37) Like (3) Dislike (31) Reply
      SMH Poor you so ignorant to the fact that its only so much the Government, whether it be NDP or VIP for that matter, to curb this situation. It is a matter of nature and no matter what is done, NATURE will still have its way! Get real!!
    • links (26/02/2013, 09:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

      The man said he has been asking both Governments for help and finally thinks something will be done. You do the math and stop being a stupid puppet chatting $h1t.

    • Everest (26/02/2013, 12:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      They dont even pay attention to VG... Sorry, but check your facts. Everything is Tortola.
    • VI to The Bone (26/02/2013, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Uncle Need to get out!
      • bay yute (26/02/2013, 15:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well if you bad run against he with NDP and get he out since they aint want Burtiee
  • Confucius (26/02/2013, 09:14) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Erosion of beaches is a natural phenomena and is to be expected. What is important for the government and land owners to realize is that Mr. Francis's cottages were built far too close to the water line. One cottage has already been lost as a result.

    Town and Country Planning needs to review and adjust the codes to better suit conditions and potential threats from wave action on Anegada and other islands. If government won't do it, then the insurance companies should demand that owners situate their building well inland to protect against such loss.

    I have never understood why people would build so close to the water here and all over the world. The potential for flooding, flood damage and severe weather is just too great.
    • True (26/02/2013, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

      The cottages were built by a local from Anegada as far as im aware who then sold them on to Mr Francis. The goverment should fine him for putting those sand bags which are so unsighlty on the beach and change the natural state of the high tide mark.
      The cottages are built way too close to the high tide mark actually on it as the first one which has collapsed can testify too.
      I was on Anegada a few weeks ago and walked along the sand bags and saw the mess and destruction just left to rot by this Mr Francis. Instead of helping him change the waterline, which in the years ahead will always claim back which belongs to it, get a bulldozer and flaten it all lift the rubble away and let the old cottages be used for foundations for new ones to be built at least 150ft back from the high tide mark as stated in Town & County Planning Codes!
      Then charge him, this is private land and i'm sure the government will be getting no money once the villas are up and running making money!

      • Nature (26/02/2013, 11:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        That nature doing she work. We cant change what nature doing. Stop paying those man wastin time and money pumping sand and makin a mess cause it a waste of time and going wash away anyhow.
  • virgin girl (26/02/2013, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Global warming
  • one eye roster (26/02/2013, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People the Answer is simple but would we accept it and let a government work towards it?

  • . (26/02/2013, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There must have been some drastic changed in the area to make the erosion escalate, whether on the foreshore or under the water. Was there 'excess' bush or trees or grass or vegetation removed from the foreshore? Has there been a lot of coral death and destruction on the reef adjacent to this property? Either one of these if the more likely cause than the idea of a tsunami.
  • anegada (06/05/2013, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get your fact straight, then post it..... the owner for KEEL POINT DID NOT BOUGHT THE LAND OR COTTAGE FROM ANY ONE..... First of all the one with the sand bags belongs to some one else, a local and sold it to some one off island. THAT WAS ANEGADA BEACH COTTAGE..... And now Mr. Francis is another local who own KEEL POINT. built all those cottages himself, one now is in danger....


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