Christophe Harbour improves access to Sandy Bank Bay

By Val Henry,  

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 6th February, 2018, ( – The operators of the Christophe Harbour Development on the Southeast Peninsula and the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, have taken joint measures to improve the level of access to public beaches in the vicinity of the new tourist resort area.

The efforts come on the heels of what a government release is describing as, “… effective dialogue initiated by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, and his Cabinet with the principals of Christophe Harbour Development Company.”

As a consequence, the management of Christophe Harbour has made it much easier for residents to access the Sandy Bank Bay, which is one of the island’s most picturesque beaches and a well-known nesting ground for sea turtles.

In the past, users of the beach have been urged to refrain from driving in certain areas, out fear of destroying any of the eggs deposited by the scores of turtles that frequent the seashore.

The press release from the Prime Minister’s office, also indicated that “The move to engage the principals of the 2,500-acre Christophe Harbour resort and residential development also comes roughly two months after Prime Minister Harris declared that his Team Unity Government would defend the public’s right to access any and every beach in St. Kitts and Nevis.”

The efforts to improve beach access was recently encouraged by activities over at another popular beach, known as South Friars Bay, which is a few miles away from the Christophe Harbour project.

At that site, it was reported that owners of beach bars at Friars Bay were being asked by land owners to vacate the areas they were leasing, in preparation for new hotel development that is said to be on the horizon.

In response, the Prime Minister had met with owners of those beach bars and the land owners, in order to work out a more convenient timeline by which the bars would have to close operations ahead of pending construction.

Government said that the bar operators, “…entered lease arrangements and consented to vacate the demised properties within one month’s notice.  What they want now from the private owner of the lands is facilitation,” the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis explained at his press conference last Thursday, February 1st, adding, “My Government has requested and received confirmation that the seller and buyer will avail themselves for a meeting with the Government to see how best a facilitation can be provided.”

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