The Government made an about-turn last night on plans to house beach concessions in old shipping containers on Shelly Bay Beach.

Jamahl Simmons, the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, confirmed that the Bermuda Tourism Authority plans for Shelly Bay had been scrapped.

Mr Simmons said “a concession of some sort” would be present at the beach, which would also be used for “occasional events”.

He added: “We have also embraced the concept, which was already part of what we were trying to do, in terms of handicapped and physically challenged access.”

Mr Simmons said that the Government had been focused on a plan for the Hamilton Parish beach that “reflects the community”.

He added: “We’re the ones that will make the final decision. We are listening and we are paying attention.”

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