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June / 01 / 2020
A Different Kind of Beachcomber Comes to Harbour Island

So unfolds a Bahamian beachcomber’s tale full of amazing discoveries. You’d never guess it involves invasive plants, precious sand dunes, a masterful environmental consulting firm, and a developer’s plan to address ecological issues for the sake of a treasured community known as “Harbour Island.” 

This story begins at the end of a lengthy permitting process. The team at Briland Club needed help creating an addendum to their environmental impact assessment. The challenge of who to hire was not difficult as there was a savvy firm in their own backyard, Caribbean Coastal Services, Ltd. (CCS) out of Nassau. While CCS has a sterling reputation and expertise in engineering around marine and coastal areas, its intimate knowledge of the Bahamas, including government compliance, stood out. Among others, it worked on Baha Mar Resort, Gun Point Harbor, and the Abaco Club on Winding Bay.  

IMG_1863.jpgThis CCS team combed the beach property on Harbour Island and found more than seashells and the occasional Spanish doubloon. They discovered non-native invasive plants that require removal to improve the health of the environment on the island. Beachcomber and Senior Environmental Scientist, Agnessa Lundy, who “appreciated Briland Club's focus on maintaining the integrity of the environment. Their proactive efforts to stabilize the beach dunes are a positive attribute that the development brings to the island. This is an example of best practices in modern property development and environmental management."

To further protect the island’s resources, and subject to government approvals, Briland Club plans to bring its own water desalination and wastewater treatment facility to the island. Mark Daniels, Associate Principal with CCS comments, "Providing their own potable water will eliminate the impact the development will have on local water and sewerage utility services. Municipal utilities can remain focused on managing the water supply for the wider Briland community without having the development impact their current systems.” 

Another benefit of Briland Club’s treatment of wastewater is the use of greywater for irrigation, reducing water demands even further. Not only will the local plant life benefit and flourish with consistent watering, but the beauty it brings to the island is invaluable. 

Carlos Palacious, Coastal Engineer and Managing Principal of CCS, shared with us, “Low density, modern developments that fit into the historic nature of Harbour Island are the way of the future. Projects like this can attract new travelers with the historical feel and boutique nature of the island.”