- The following Ministerial Statement Was Delivered on the Floor of the House on Friday, July 27, 2018, by Public Works Minister Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch
As the Minister responsible for the Department of Parks, I am pleased to update this Honourable House and the general public on progress thus far on a proposed plan to enhance the beach experience at Shelly Bay Park. This proposal aims to create opportunities for Bermudian entrepreneurs. Economic opportunity for Bermudian entrepreneurs at our parks and beaches is an election promise in the platform that swept the Progressive Labour Party to victory in the last General Election.
- Create Beach Economy Target List
- Create Beach Vision
- Educate the Public
- Coordinate Government Departments & Consolidate Landlords
- Update Legislation while Protecting the Environment & Natural Beauty
- Create Beach Identities
- Make Beaches More Competitive
- Create Jobs Plan and a More Focused RFP Process
- Empower Bermudian Entrepreneurs with One-stop Concierge
Encouraged by this, I, along with Minister Simmons, arranged for BTA representatives to meet with the MPs from Hamilton Parish so that they could see specifically what was being proposed for Shelly Bay Park. And so they did.
- Ashley’s Lemonade, a Bermuda brand that is the epitome of mom and pop entrepreneurship
- Simple Café, a beachside deli-café idea from Hamilton Parish residents
- Smokin’ Barrel, a chicken and ribs food truck
- Tarzan Boats, an adventurous water experience from a Hamilton Parish youth football coach that includes beach equipment rentals; and
- A 5th business responded to the RFP but has since withdrawn for personal reasons
I’m quite heartened by this list of Bermudian applicants. It’s a mix of new businesses looking to get off the ground and existing businesses looking to expand.
Now that there are actual entrepreneurs lining up for this opportunity, we can make good on our promise to return to Hamilton Parish. In fact, all the applicants I just mentioned have agreed to be on-hand to demonstrate their business ideas and earn buy-in from the community.