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New Pedestrian Trail Opened In Bequia

Bequia_Belmont_WalkwayA new 385-foot pedestrian trail was opened in Bequia last Tuesday, December 12.

The trail goes around the Point between Plantation and Princess Margaret Beaches. This structure replaces a previous trail that was severely damaged by massive surges that resulted from Hurricane Mathew in 2016.
Funding for the project was facilitated by a joint effort involving Bequia Beach Hotel and the NGO - Action Bequia.

The structure consists of a 100-foot concrete promontory from Princess Margaret Beach and a 285-foot over- water section, which was designed and built by in-water structures specialist, Sea Operations SVG Limited.
The design concept, according to those responsible for the project, focused on withstanding the extreme storms that nature periodically throws at our islands. Some fifteen in-water concrete piers firmly secured to the sea bed are designed and built to offer minimum resistance to surges. Sixteen elevated timber "bridges” span these piers to the landside promontories at each end of the in-water section.

The project commenced at the end of September with a targeted December 15 completion date.
Project Manager for Action Bequia, Michael Connell commented: "The team at Sea Ops has been phenomenal. From Chief Executive ‘Sardo’ Sutherland, the onsite managers… to the team leaders … they have all worked exceptionally hard. …. They finished ahead of schedule and with no compromise on the quality of their workmanship”.

David Harper, Action Bequia’s CEO, added "We also owe many thanks to those who provided vital funding. Bequia Beach Hotel and Grenadines Partnership Fund were the biggest financial supporters, but many others provided critical contributions, and all these supporters are recognised on our website, www.actionbequia.org”.
The latest undertaking is another accomplishment for Bequia Action which, in 2012/13, funded and managed the repair of the Belmont Walkway and between 2013 – 2016, the restoration of a coastal trail and walkway that enabled unbroken pedestrian access from Port Elizabeth to Lower Bay.

Action Bequia has also completed a Harbour beautification project, organised mosquito eradication clean ups, and started a recycling programme which, amongst other achievements, sent 60,000 plastic bottles for recycling in the last nine months. In addition, they provide ongoing support for more than fifty community initiatives led and organised by other Bequia groups. (Source: Bequia Action)



Source of Article:
The Vincentian