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Sun And Sea But Who’s Nicked The Sand?
April 21, 2009Article by Ray Withers
Most people think of sun, sea and relaxing their days away on sandy beaches when they think of the Caribbean…but sun and sea are easy to find but the sand is becoming a little more difficult.
A Grenada property boom has led to tons of sand stripped from beaches as the shape and texture of the grains is ideal for plaster finishing.The problem has hit many islands as the Caribbean property bonanza has sparked some of the biggest sand thefts.
A $1.2 million seawall has been built to protect the northern beaches on the island. Thieves have carted away so much sand from the beaches that several north coast towns are exposed to sea erosion, said Joseph Gilbert, the minister of works and environment.On Grenada’s Carriacou Island, the beach is shrinking by a metre every year from sand thefts.Thieves face moderate fines and jail time that politicians say don’t fit the crime. Grenada fines offenders up to $190, less than the black market price of a single load of sand.
Grenada expects to triple the fines and extend jail terms from three months to two years.
Other islands to suffer from sand thefts include Jamaica, where the equivalent of 10 Olympic sized swimming pools of sand was trucked away from one beach in just a few months.
To help protect the Caribbean islands, it’s important that you invest with an ethical company.
For instance, the paradise playground at Bacelot Bay, Grenada, is a high-end quality five-start resort that reflects the government’s planning policies.
Clinging to the cliffside over the beautiful bay with its soft, white sand beach and ubiquitous palm trees, Bacelot Bay is a small resort built with a village atmosphere with properties of different sizes.
The facilities include world class diving and water sports, dining and a sumptuous spa.
Available from international property consultants Property Frontiers, Bacelot Bay is set in 41 acres of tropical gardens.Properties range from studio apartments to magnificent four bedroom villas.
Offering high net yields of between 11.3% and 14.3%, owners receive four free weeks at the resort a year and can buy in for as little as £71,550 with a 70% loan-to-value mortgage.
Grenada’s tourist market is supported by direct flights from the UK, USA and Europe.
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