For decades, elderly men and women have been going to King’s Wharf in San Fernando for morning baths for recreation and health purposes.
This, according to the retirees, has helped to improve their lives in many ways.
But recent talks of the commencement of the San Fernando Waterfront Redevelopment Project have caused concern among this group of citizens.
Richard Berridge, a retiree, said although he was not against the billion-dollar project he was concerned that their favourite bathing spot would be taken away.
“This bathing spot is one of sf best kept secrets and we benefit a lot by bathing here on mornings. But with the project, although I am not opposed to the project, it is my view they would rule us out. We are asking that they do not deny us this privilege because this is where we come and exercise on mornings,” he said.
Another retiree said he had been swimming in the waters at King’s Wharf for almost 52 years.
“I would come here and swim and go to work for 7am. After I retired, I continued to come here with these other men. I don’t miss a day. We asked for a step to be built to make it easier to get to the water and that was done for us. We are very concerned about how this new project would affect us,” he said.
Frankie Brown said he too visited the area daily to exercise. “I have a pinched nerve and this is the only thing that keeps me going. I hope they don’t move us from here. A lot of senior citizens use this beach. We would like someone to inform us on what is happening,” he said.
Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan turned the sod two weeks ago to commence the first phase San Fernando Waterfront Redevelopment Project.
Sinanan said the ministry's PURE and coastal division have been working on road infrastructure for the past two years.
He said the new Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) terminal in San Fernando was 90 per cent completed. The move, he said, is expected to take place next month.
This will make way for a new housing development along Lady Hailes Avenue.
The first phase will include the Rienzi Kirton pedestrian overpass, near Embacadere, a boardwalk and bicycle path along King's Wharf and the Lady Hailes widening project.