Doctor Kenny Anthony Says Stop The Destructive Sand Mining

Press Release:- Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr Kenny D. Anthony, has called on the Chastanet Government to end the excessive mining of sand at the mouth of the Vieux Fort river.

For the second time in four weeks, excavators have been digging into the sand bar at the mouth of the Vieux-Fort River and emptying their content of beach sand into a fleet of huge dump trucks which subsequently conveyed their loads to the DSH Horse-racing Track at Beausejour.

On both occasions the sand was scraped until bare soil was exposed while the dump trucks moved rapidly to and from the racing-track apparently to record as many trips as possible.

According to Dr Anthony,

“I am reliably informed that the requisite clearance from the relevant authorities has been obtained and the amount of sand to be removed has been specified. Let it be clear that I am not suggesting for one moment that sand should never be extracted from the river mouth. Indeed, the periodic and controlled removal of sand from a river mouth has certain benefits, among them, the prevention of clogging, improved water quality and the maintaining of connectivity between the river and sea so as to allow for the free movement of fish and other aquatic life forms.”

However, the high volume of sand being extracted at such a rapid pace is cause for grave concern. Additionally, the eyesore resulting from such an operation is both disturbing and distressing. Apparently, we have not learned our lesson that beaches can be destroyed from excessive sand removal .

To reduce such a possibility from happening along the Coco Dan to Il Pirata beach, some of the extracted sand should instead be deposited there to replenish that area, maintain its healthy state and create more beach space for beach goers.”

It has been noticed that the stretch of beach from which the sand is extracted has become quite rough lately with constant, higher than usual wave action. This stretch of beach has been maintained for many years by the NCA for the recreational benefit of locals and visitors alike.

It cannot have escaped the authorities that Bois Chadon Beach, Black Bay Beach, Sandy Beach have all been negatively affected or are under threat due to sand mining, both authorized and unauthorized.

The compromising or destruction of beaches in the Vieux-Fort Constituency cannot be allowed to continue. The excessive sand extraction operation taking place at the mouth of the Vieux-Fort River is not being carried out in a sustainable manner and the actions of the Government clearly deprives the beach from Coco Dan to the mouth of the Vieux-Fort River of its long-term protection, beauty and appeal.

Dr Anthony added:

“The people of Vieux Fort are paying a heavy price for this horse racing investment by Teo Ah Khing and Allen Chastanet. The Beausajour Farm is no more; the workers, many of them drawn from La Ressource in Vieux Fort South are now scattered all over the place. The meat processing plant is closed supposedly awaiting re-location. Cattle farmers have lost over one hundred and twenty heads of cattle. Some of them have lost their livelihoods. Now, one of our beaches is being destroyed by excessive and unconscionable sand mining. This is too heavy a price to pay for the pleasures of Teo Khing and Allen Chastanet.”

16 COMMENTS

  1. We all read it already. What you brought it here for now hoping for a debate after the first race but not before “so to speak.” As if to say The MP BAD MIND and is just Crying over Spill Milk. You know dam well no matter which party you support, when you start messing with the beach you will tug at the heart of every St Lucian on the planet. The destruction of our environment to facilitate horse track is not an even exchange and this erosion of our beach should be condemned by all. Sad to say this will only be the beginning of the erosion of our Birthright to facilitate “development” and as Mr. Anthony has stated folks in the South has paid a heavy price for this. Well thinking St Lucian’s need to speak out and condem this to the heighest degree. Too bad Derrick Walcott and John Compton are dead.

  2. Any public activity which is not being carried out in a sustainable manner and having a negative impact on the environment must be considered for what it is. It’s an act of callousness and irresponsibility by those who are engaging in it, given the body of knowledge that currently exists detailing the deleterious effects of such action on our own future survival, (if indeed the environment is being negatively impacted). The experts will make this determination; our mere biasness will not do!

    We, as citizens of the world, and specifically of St. Lucia, must simply condemn and reject such action and insist that those in authority must undertake the necessary review and take appropriate corrective steps, holding them accountable.

    This is serious business and all right thinking people should treat it as such, period!

    • There was no sand mining. The sand Kenny is referring to is sand that was desilt from the river. The river need supposed to be desilt more often than it is. The river sand there is now affecting the beach. The sea bed there has become muddy and the sea is usually brown and it white when the weather is good. Kenny’s made this deceitful statement only because the river sand was used at the Horse Race Track. If it was used anywhere like the norm, he would have said nothing. I guess he is adamant about stopping the development of the south.

      • Truth Being Told, many thanks. In which case, this is good and welcome information, knowing that there’s no damage being done to the environment.

  3. And in Canaries Too!!!!……….Check what a uwp hack is doing by the canaries court…. Mining and storing lots of river sand there for profit………….A place that used to be a like a park area is now defiled!

  4. Kenny have all of this thing wrong. His sole problem is with the RIVER SAND going to the horse race track. He need to be told that it was not “sand mining” it was desilting of the river which was used at the horse race track. This river needs to be desilt very often and most time it is not done because there is no place to deposit or dispose of the river sand. If that sand was deposited anywhere else he would not have a problem with it. It is only because it is TEO AH Khing and DSH he has made such deceitful statement. Again it is not sand mining but desilting of the river. Black Bay beach got totally destroyed because of sand mining, under his administration and it is alleged that it was his cousin doing the sand mining. Where were you Dr Kenny Anthony. DSH is here to stay.

  5. This administration is on record for anti-environment. Ask the National Trust. They are also on record for being anti-local.

  6. Dr Anthony added:

    “The people of Vieux Fort are paying a heavy price for this horse racing investment by Teo Ah Khing and Allen Chastanet. The Beausajour Farm is no more; the workers, many of them drawn from La Ressource in Vieux Fort South are now scattered all over the place. The meat processing plant is closed supposedly awaiting re-location. Cattle farmers have lost over one hundred and twenty heads of cattle. Some of them have lost their livelihoods. Now, one of our beaches is being destroyed by excessive and unconscionable sand mining. This is too heavy a price to pay for the pleasures of Teo Khing and Allen Chastanet.”

    As a Vieux Fortian, I can ensure you that everything in the above statement are blatant lies. I am challenging anyone to justify anything Kenny has stated above. The beausejour became a ghost farm under his administration. There were not any cows except a few cows which was not on the beausejour compound and care. It was not an amount close to 50 and they are not lost. For those who watch the horse race you all saw that the track was brown sand not white sea sand as being stated by Kenny Anthony. This sand is river sand. This sand is frequently be desilted from the Vieux Fort river. Not sand mining. The difficulty the council have had in Vieux Fort with regard to the desilting, is that there is not a place to deposit the sand. Thank God for Teo Ah Khing nad DSH that they had use for it. As I speak the river will soon need to be desilt again so I would beg Kenny Anthony, our MP to recommend a proper place for disposal or else it will be going to DSH AGAIN and this is the only reason he had with the removal of the sand. Where was he as PM when the black bay beach was being destroyed.

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