Uncertain Future: The concession stand at Tobacco Bay, pictured yesterday. The current leaseholder is planning on giving up the popular east end beach shop and ‘give someone else a chance’ when the lease expires on December 31, 2009. 
Photo by Ras Mykkal
Uncertain Future: The concession stand at Tobacco Bay, pictured yesterday. The current leaseholder is planning on giving up the popular east end beach shop and ‘give someone else a chance’ when the lease expires on December 31, 2009. Photo by Ras Mykkal
An east end beach facility popular with locals and tourists alike will be seeking a new operator once the current lease expires, the Bermuda Sun has learned.

For the past 10 years, the Tobacco Bay concession has been one of the only places on the island to make alcohol available on the beach.

The facility also rents out snorkelling and swimming equipment, as well as beach chairs and umbrellas to sunbathers.

The concession stand is owned by the Corporation of St. George's and is expected to go out to tender in about a year's time.

Its current leaseholder, Sharon Bartram, has decided to "let someone else have a chance," and will pass the baton when her lease expires on December 31, 2009.

It was operated primarily by her husband Kirk Bartram until he passed away in February of this year.

Mrs. Bartram will run the concession for one more tourist season, but afterwards will give it up to focus on her other businesses, 27th Century Boutique and The Hair Studio, both of which are on Reid Street in Hamilton.

The Tobacco Bay concession "was very successful," she told us. "My husband was in charge until he passed away in February. It was his journey. He had a good rapport with locals and tourists. They still come back and ask about him," Mrs. Bartram said.

Another reason she gave for the decision to give up the concession was the fact that only one cruise ship will call in St. George's next season.

About 80 per cent of the concession's customers were cruise ship tourists, Mrs. Bartram said.

The space is also a source of employment for about six young people during the summer months, she added.