Since the announcement that the owners of beach bars on South Friars Bay in St. Kitts were told that they had to be out by the end of February, reaction has been strong. Many people I’ve spoken with oppose the move, seeing it as big money pushing its way into the natural habitat and classic island vibe that this area currently represents.
One person, Chuck Rothy, has decided to do something about it and crated an online petition to “Save South Friar’s Beach and Bars.” From the petition’s website:
“Big business is buying up land that established and iconic bars and nature are settled in and are trying to quickly get rid of on St. Kitts. These businesses and nature have become the heart of the feel and experience of the island. Would love for the St. Kitts Gov’t to back and support the LOCAL businesses to keep the island more natural and less commercial and industrial!
It will go to the Prime Minister of the government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. They are two islands in the Leeward Island chains in the Caribbean. They are being inundated since other islands were destroyed by the hurricanes and natural areas are being destroyed.”
As of the writing of this article, the brand new online petition had 435 signatures with an ultimate goal of 10,000. Whether or not they reach their goal, here’s to hoping some of our favorite beach bars on St. Kitts are still there for our return visit. It would be a shame to see the aerial view above disappear behind a mound of steel and concrete.