Call to de­bush old folks home

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HOURS AF­TER 83-year-old Colleen Jack­man of Har­mony Hall, St Philip, was bru­tally beaten and robbed, a con­cerned res­i­dent of Niles Road, Eller­ton, St Ge­orge, made a call for the clear­ing of an “over­grown path­way” in that district since it was close to the home of an el­derly cou­ple.

On Mon­day, a res­i­dent who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said the house oc­cu­pied by 86-year-old Les­lie Miller and his 78-year-old wife, who is blind, was par­tially hid­den by the over­grown bush.

“The bush grow­ing into their gallery and the two of them live alone. Some­times it goes into the win­dows of the house, so any­body could hide in that bush and pull the door and walk into the house any time,” the res­i­dent said while adding that if the owner of the land wanted to keep the hedge they should at least keep it low.


When the WEEK­END NA­TION vis­ited the area, the Millers said they did not know who had called to bring their sit­u­a­tion to light, but they were thank­ful as they wanted the bush cleared.

“Any­one li­able to at­tack you day or night. I would like the bush clean up from round my place, it is too tall,” Les­lie said.

He added that he has spo­ken many times to his neigh­bour, Mar­cia Sobers, about the sit­u­a­tion and she cuts off some.

Sobers said: “I does cut it when I get the chance. To be hon­est, I don’t like to see it have Mr Miller’s win­dow blocked off, but we had a lot of rain and I did not get to cut it.” (LK)

And there is a feeling of ex­cite­ment and ea­ger an­tic­i­pa­tion among many of them fol­low­ing ma­jor up­grades.

The of­fi­cial start of the win­ter tourist sea­son is De­cem­ber 15 and some ho­tels are go­ing down to the wire as they en­sure all is in place for a gl­itzy open­ing.

The El­e­gant Ho­tel group bought Trea­sure Beach Ho­tel in May re­brand­ing it Trea­sure Beach by El­e­gant Ho­tels. At first look, it ap­pears there is still much work to be done but group op­er­a­tions direc­tor Gayle Talma as­sured it would be done in time.

“We have 15 con­trac­tors on site to trans­form the 35-suite ho­tel into an eclec­tic, adult only ho­tel fo­cussing on art and epi­curean ex­pe­ri­ences. The guys are work­ing hard and we will be ready.”

Talma said the $5 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion in­cluded many new in­no­va­tions for the group and they have al­ready been re­ceiv­ing “great” feed­back.

“This is a new con­cept for us and only our sec­ond adult only ho­tel. I think there is al­ways room to di­ver­sify your prod­uct and due to the size and in­ti­macy of Trea­sure Beach, it is geared to cou­ples. This prop­erty should also ap­peal to the ‘food­ies’

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seek­ing an epi­curean ex­pe­ri­ence that is less ‘ho­tel’ and more tai­lored to ac­com­mo­date the unique and so­phis­ti­cated pal­ettes and flavours of the Caribbean.

“Art is [also] seen as an im­por­tant el­e­ment within the prop­erty and we are draw­ing on the lo­cal art com­mu­nity for the sourc­ing of sig­na­ture pieces for both the rooms and pub­lic ar­eas that will com­ple­ment the con­tem­po­rary Bo­hemian theme of the pub­lic ar­eas,” she said.

In ad­di­tion to Trea­sure Beach, Talma said the El­e­gant Group had also em­barked on ren­o­va­tions to the tune of $2 mil­lion to nearby The House, its first adult only re­sort. The lobby, and buf­fet area are get­ting a facelift and a spa is be­ing added.

On the South Coast, Divi South­winds in St Lawrence, Christ Church, has ren­o­vated the en­tire “A” block, a mea­sure which is just the first step for this prop­erty.

“We have been run­ning at about half of our 133 room ca­pac­ity, but we [have] started tak­ing more guests. We started the work in June and we are try­ing to com­plete it all by the end of [the] week,” said gen­eral man­ager Alvin Jem­mott.

The vet­eran hote­lier said the work in­cluded re­plac­ing fur­ni­ture, fur­nish­ings and ap­pli­ances; re­plac­ing the bath­tubs with show­ers and re­paint­ing the in­te­rior as well as in­stalling cor­ri­dor lights and ceil­ing fans, adding it was not over yet.

“We ac­tu­ally have to pause the work so we can deal with the an­tic­i­pated busy win­ter in­take but as soon as that is over we will con­tinue with the other blocks,” he promised.

As for this an­tic­i­pated win­ter in­take, Jem­mott, who is also the chair­man of the Bar­ba­dos Tourism Mar­ket­ing Inc., said they had pre­dic­tions of up to 100 per cent ca­pac­ity based on the trends of cur­rent book­ings. He also spoke on why he thought it was so im­por­tant for the ho­tel in­dus­try to ren­o­vate from time to time.

“Tourism has been on the in­crease for the last cou­ple of years and the pro­jec­tions are for a con­tin­u­ous in­crease but the one thing we have heard is the need for us to re­fresh our prod­uct. We all recog­nise the im­por­tance of stay­ing cur­rent and fresh,” he said.

Keep­ing on the South Coast, the WEEK­END NA­TION also vis­ited Bougainvil­lea Beach Re­sort at Maxwell, which was in the fi­nal stages of ren­o­va­tion. It is set to

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