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Boardwalk rift

A permanent structure which offers additional seating for one of the restaurants along the boardwalk is a cause of concern for other businesses in the area. The two pieces of fence which had been put in place along the boardwalk last Saturday. (Pictures by Lisa King.)

Mon, January 28, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Businessman Austin Husbands has said that temporary fencing erected along a portion of the boardwalk in Speightstown on Saturday was not to prevent the public from accessing the walkway.

Husbands, the owner of La Bouche Wine Bar and Restaurant, said yesterday that the fence was there only for a one-off event which was held at the restaurant yesterday afternoon and permission had been granted by the relevant authority for the temporary erection.

When the DAILY NATION team visited the area yesterday, two pieces of fence were propped up along the wall at the side of the boardwalk. Shortly afterward, they were collected by a rental company.

A concerned businessman had called THE NATION to complain that the management of La Bouche in Orange Street, Speightstown, had put up a fence obstructing the boardwalk. (LK)

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 9 months ago
When the fence blocks the only path, isn't access denied to the public? Phew! wake up man!

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Posted by Lucia Husbandds 1 year, 9 months ago
what access denied David Hall--- access to what?! ask questions before you make misleading comments such as yours---u are clearly mis/uninformed --much ado about nothing---when real threats are being posed barring access of Bajans where are these same people--- the temporary fencing was up for 5 hours at night only around la bouche when no other businesses were open on that board walk--- crabs in barrel i say.

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Posted by Lucia Husbandds 1 year, 9 months ago
to address the issue of the permanent structure by another restaurant (not la bouche)--- I dont see why it would cause concern as there is more than enough room for anyone (able/disabled) to pass--- again, crabs in a barrel!

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 9 months ago
Lucia if i did not frequent the area as i live relatively close you cudda fool me. You miss my point, let me help you out. If it is permanent or temporary restriction- anytime the fence impedes access as that walkway is the only one along the back, (without climbing onto the rocks) then access is denied, does that make it simpler.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
This Boardwalk was built with taxpayers money (All The Taxpayers) so it is unfair for one of them to be allowed to block it for ANY reason least of all to EXTEND Business seating, disrupt the normal flow of traffic on a PUBLIC walkway and NOT PAY any RENT for that privilege, this is a very BAD BAD precedent, and should NEVER NEVER be REPEATED anywhere in Barbados. THOSE BOARDWALKS ARE FOR PUBLIC USE ONLY NOT FOR ANY PERSONAL OR BUSINESS USE

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
BOTTLENECKS in pedestrian traffic don't count, you know?

SinPeter Bajans too foolish!
1) They vote in OSA..
but aside from that forgiveable error..
2) as long as a one-person cud pass,
de road en block,
no matter it suppose to handle maybe ten persons, one time.....you know?

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
JUST ASKING? IS THERE A CLUB ON BAY STREET THAT BLOCKS ACCESS TO THE BEACH WHEN EVENTS ARE BEING HELD? if this is so that is wrong as well as those who seek to obstruct free movement in public areas.If la bouche was given permission to erect a fence,we should look into how and why such permission was granted, the fact that other businesses are closed have nothing to do with the publics right to free and unrestricted access to the boardwalk, if a beach vendor should venture into this structure to ply his wares, would he/she be trespassing? if there was a permit for the fencing to block the boardwalk, the permission should be challenged to avoid a precedent being established, even the high and mighty sandy lane do not obstruct public access to the beach, public property is'PUBLIC PROPERTY 'Is public property

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
@ high and mighty 'sandy lane"s/b rich and famous "sandy lane". No offense meant, apology is expressed.

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Posted by Lucia Husbandds 1 year, 9 months ago
U may frequent but I live there...were any of u against this at the event or witnessed any "obstruction"----probably not----cuz I was there--- it isn't about fooling any one it is about clearing up misinformation---if you do not know what these businesses hv permission to do as in use the boardwalk or not you should get information from relevant authorities ....the path is not blocked at all...a 4ft fence cannot block an 8ft pathway I'm sorry that just isn't logical

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
@ Lucia Husbandds!!! whether you were there or not does not matter,whether they had Permission or not does not Matter(The Govt. Official never admitted that they had any Permission) The Boardwalks around Barbados are as Named ""BOARDWALKS"" and as such should never be used for Business purposes, whn the Rasta Man asks for Permission to Do Business on the BOARDWALK,i hope that you will have the SAME ATTITUDE about IT.

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Posted by Lucia Husbandds 1 year, 9 months ago
It does matter... if you were there you saw how it was then you wouldnt believe evrything you read...when the wickham boardwalk in town is temporarily closed off in town for ship wreck fetes (paid event) I didn't hear this outcry.... Furthermore plenty of rastamen, bald heads and whoever ply their trade on the sleights town boardwalk daily... I hav no time for ill researched opinions... I've made my point...if you don't like it tough! I'm not a politician I'm not looking for popular online opinions....I've shown substantial enough research and been given nothing but opinions of people who have no interest in the revitalization I'd speightstown...this is my last comment so whilst you may address me I have no more time with this issue...deuces! I'm out!

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