No to proposed gated Adelaide subdivision

Open letter to Director of Physical Planning Charles Zonicle

Dear Sir,

Further to Wednesday night’s Town Planning meeting, we register strong opposition against the application by Adelaide Pines Limited for a proposed gated subdivision in Adelaide.

Adelaide Village is an important historical site and a valuable part of our country’s heritage and patrimony, having been established as a settlement for freed slaves in the 1830s, and, as such, it has for centuries retained its charm and character, as it should for perpetuity.

It is unconscionable that such an abominable development as that proposed by Adelaide Pines Limited on this 21 by seven island of New Providence, be even remotely considered for such a precious heritage area as Adelaide, which deserves our respect and our protection.

It certainly does not deserve another sprawling development!

The outlandish scale of 170 plus homes along with other commercial and industrial structures (whose prohibitive costs will no doubt and yet again price Bahamians out of the market), the design, the purpose, in fact, the overall nature of the proposed gated development, totally disrespects the character of the area and exhibits no sense of place whatsoever.

It is, in itself, offensive to us as Bahamians.

The accompanying total degree of environmental degradation, i.e. the green and blue economies that would be directly and negatively impacted from such construction, cannot be justified, situated as they are proposed on such important wetlands as the many found throughout Adelaide: i.e. pine forests, which are home not only to our crucial groundwater – the absolute source of life – but also to our native vegetation like the mangroves with nurseries that are essential for marine life, along with the landscape and wildlife that are all sustainably inter-connected as they have been for centuries in Adelaide.

In addition, the concomitant pollution, noise, increased traffic, accompanied by the considerable drain on infrastructure, utilities, etc. are not conducive to healthy lifestyles,

Such lack of regard for the last few areas of beauty and peace that we, as Bahamians, have left in our country, due to constant developments such as this, should not be allowed.

Current development has already destroyed a considerable portion of the Adelaide area, much to the despair of we, the people. So, how many more times are we going to allow ourselves to be “hoodwinked and bamboozled” before we open our eyes and truly “see what we lookin at?”

The saying: “Talk is cheap and money buy land” is definitely yet another red flag. It is time for we, the people, to take a firm stand and fiercely protect our rightful patrimony for Bahamians then, now, and into the future!

Therefore, we would like it to strongly state that we utterly oppose any further encroachment of this nature in or around the historic area of Adelaide!

We would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter and we thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards,

Pam Burnside, Stephanie Roberts, Dr. Anita Osman

Adelaide Pines Limited developer stressed yesterday his group has followed all the relevant laws and has a certificate of environmental compliance in place.

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