The government will take further steps to save Mayreau’s world-famous Salt Whistle Bay.
Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves, said in his Budget Address that just over just over two years ago, the government fulfilled a pledge to immediately protect the disappearing isthmus that defined the world-class beach.
“The urgency of the need for intervention did not allow for all the necessary studies and designs to be completed beforehand,” he told lawmakers.
“If we had waited for the engineers to finish engineering and the designers to finish designing, we would have lost the bay as we know it forever,” Gonsalves said.
He said that while the temporary barrier appears to be holding up well, Salt Whistle Bay is “too precious to be left to this sort of anecdotal assessment.
“Budget 2023 continues the important work of completing detailed engineering assessments and designs including analysis of the existing temporary barrier to scientifically determine the effectiveness and lifespan,” he said.
“We will continue to fight for Salt Whistle Bay,” Gonsalves told Parliament.
The government has allocated EC$80.3 million of the EC$1.4 billion budget to environmental projection.