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Cassada Bay

Cassada Bay is a beautiful old but now- empty, hotel located on the outskirts of the village of Belmont on the island of Carriacou.



It appears to to be the perfect retreat location to be renovated and utilised as a base of operations for United Caribbean Trust. Cassada Bay would provide serene and adequate accommodation for relief workers, councillors and, once renovated, any local or Grenadian professional administration staff member that requires a safe retreat with professional back up. The tranquil, peace- filled setting could also house any teachers who may accompany displaced students who are projected to relocate from Grenada, to continue schooling that has been interrupted by the storm.

Cassada Bay has been empty for some years now but the hotel could very easily be upgraded with a moderate injection of capital.

 

The entrance foyer and office area have been significantly damaged by wind and water.


The ceiling is damaged and water has pooled on the floor of the reception area.

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The lovely entrance to the open plan lounge/bar and dining area is clean and debris free, the obvious care of Mr. Jansen, and the wall murals of sea creatures can be upgraded with minimum inputs. There is a healthy land turtle population.

The lounge in need of some minor renovations, such as replacement of termite eaten balcony rails and lounge and recreational furniture.

The stunning views over White Island and distant Grenada from the open air deck are breathtaking; the balcony area can be railed for safety to accommodate children's activities.


The dining area overlooks the hills and distant mangrove of the protected bay.


There has been window damage following Ivan but this can be repaired with minimum outlay. The floor area can be crazy-tiled economically.

The kitchen area is well equipped but could do with improvement.

There is adequate storage space for food, provisions and relief supplies.

Despite some damage to the roof of the storage area, the linen room is a perfect store for the 'baby survival kits' and other non-food aid supplies, and these can be sorted and allocated efficiently, for Carriacou, Gouyave and Soubise.

Transport is being sought to transfer provisions from the Customs Storage in Hillsborough to the secure base at Cassada Bay.

The accommodation in Cassada Bay is a collection of semi-detached one bedroom chalets overlooking White Island, Saline and Grenada in the distance.
Located on eight acres of beautiful grounds, damaged fencing needs replacement to keep the cows out.
Some careful replanting could restore the lovely tropical garden, with a minimum outlay.
The jetty has been destroyed and is in need of reconstruction, but has basic capability as a functional boat landing. As this base will continue to distribute relief supplies to coastal villages in Grenada, the facility of the jetty needs immediate attention.
Fallen and uprooted trees clutter the volcanic beach since the storm. Much clearing, burning and reconstruction will be essential to discourage vermin and debris collection and gradually this area will return to its former beauty.
 
 
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