PICNICKERS to the famous Deuba Beach who were deterred by the boundary walls of a hotel development in the past have been assured they can return and enjoy the ocean.
US-based property owner and developer Sanctuary Fiji LLC cleared the misperception, saying it would provide public access reserves to the beach with a new beach park.
The beach park, a long-term plan, will have toilets, barbecue pits, shade bure and other recreational amenities. These will be built and maintained by the developer. It assured that the boundary wall being built was part of an approved design for the Nanuku Cove Estates precinct only.
The wall ends at its current location near Taunovo Creek.
Sanctuary Fiji LLC principal David Williams said there had been significant improvements to public beach access in the area.
Mr Williams said all beaches used for picnics were still accessible and the new beach access areas had been opened up.
He said the rebranded Nanuku Resort had worked closely with the Navua Rural Local Authority and the Fiji Roads Authority to lead the community effort in reopening the public access reserve at Deuba Beach that had been closed off for decades.
"This is a great community amenity to have in place again for residents of Pacific Harbour and beachgoers from Suva. Nanuku has spent in excess of $20,000 on this community project alone," Mr Williams said.
He said the construction of the new beach park would commence once phase one of the hotel development was completed.
"The picnic area at Bure Lotu across from the Coral Coast Christian Camp, which is zoned for future hotel development, also remains open to the public for use as a picnic area," Mr Williams said.
"The only change proposed to access in this area is that vehicle access on to the private freehold property will only be permitted during the day from 7am to 7pm each day to ensure a family-friendly environment is maintained," he said.
"We also respectfully request the general public to remove their own rubbish with them after a day at the beach as our resort staff are continually picking up broken bottles and other rubbish left behind on the beach.
"It's very unfortunate for the majority of beachgoers who use this area responsibly and do not litter."
Into the second week of the holiday season, the statement from Sanctuary Fiji LLC was welcomed by schoolteacher Ram Prasad Shandil, who said the outdoor was important for family development.
"Deuba has, in the past, provided urban families the chance to get out of their normal routine and enjoy life on the beach," he said. "It's good to know families still have access to that popular picnic spot. Children learn so much going out there."