On Thursday, I heard a rumor that many of the volleyball courts had been closed, and games canceled due to some "beach construction."
Thankfully, our game was still on, so I walked on over and started heading north from Chinchilla's.
Oh, what's this I see out in the water?
I recognized it immediately from the four-month period I spent in South Padre Beach, Texas. This was a dredging barge.
In South Padre, they have to dredge and rebuild nearly every year to prevent the man-made barrier island from disappearing.
I'm not entirely sure why they are doing this on Timothy Beach, which (as far as I knew) was a natural beach that followed a typical cycle of building and shedding.
I have seen some old pictures showing that the beach used to be much wider, so perhaps they are aiming to restore it to its former width.
As I remember, they used to do this type of beach construction during low season in South Padre, so it's a bit puzzling why they would start this here in February -- pretty much the height of St. Kitts tourist season, where many cruise ships drop passengers off on Timothy Beach.
Sights like this aren't really reminiscent of the island's natural beauty:
|The pipe pictured above brings sand from the barge in the background.|
Nonetheless, we were able to play our volleyball game, and the large machines soon packed up and went home for the day.
I haven't heard or seen any official news about this project, so at this stage there's no way to guess how long it will take.
In the meantime, it's likely that the volleyball schedule will be disrupted, and tourists may end up avoiding Timothy Beach and heading to the Marriott, or further south to the beaches of the peninsula.