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Keep our Beaches Public!

ANTIGUA_BEACH

All beaches on Antigua and Barbuda are free according to our local laws. The trend though points to private developers blocking access and harrassing would be beach goers. Many Hotels make it uncomfortable for non-guests to use the beach in one of these ways:-

1. Using Security to intimidate beach goers

2. Erecting fences around the property where residents traditionally had access to the beach

3. Denying beach visitors access at the gate

4. Making access to the beach so difficult that potential users simply do not bother to try.

5. Publishing subtle signs such as private beach or private access.

This situation is getting worse in Antigua and Barbuda becasue of the difficult balance between the wants of the investors and the rights of our local people. It must not be allowed to continue or else we would have given up a right which seldom occurs anywhere else in this world. We need to stand up whenever we are denied access to or are chased away from beaches. We should visit the beaches no matter how inaccessible they are in order to claim our right.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments