Barbuda Ocean Club
Barbuda Ocean Club is intended to be 700 luxury holiday homes for the super-rich starting at US$3m each, along most of the whole of the south coast of Barbuda. Already started on Coco Point’s old lease (according to their brochure) there will be a ‘vibrant surf-side village’ here. At the other end – on Palmetto’s old lease (plus more land given to them by an ALP controlled Barbuda Council) – they want to put a golf course, and a marina into the lagoon, which is an important and protected Ramsar site. Inevitably they are also planning a sports park, an organic farm and (to offset destroying their habitat) have begun Barbuda’s first Save The Turtles Project, to keep their guests happy In paradise. As BOC is not a hotel we are told that instead of paying proper taxes or a fair rent direct to the Barbuda Council (instead of the Government of Antigua) for all this pristine natural beach land, we should be satisfied with their philanthropic desire ‘to help Barbudans’ through their own interpretation of a ‘community programme’ and the so-far limited manual jobs attached to the project. So the owners of Barbuda Ocean Club PLH (Peace, Love and Happiness) and Discovery Land Company continue to meet strong opposition from local people as their contentious approach – encouraged by the Prime Minister Gaston Browne – brought unwanted conflict and division yet again to the people of Barbuda even before the dust of Hurricane Irma had settled. Their “ideal heirloom community where you can extend your legacy for generations to come” belongs to Barbudans, not to them.