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Jakarta Post

Big project erases `dream' from Dreamland

  • Claudia Sardi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 10 2009   /  02:40 pm

Early this year, a group of 37 warung (food stall) owners at Dreamland Beach in Pecatu had to vacate their beachside businesses and relocate elsewhere. The clearance of the beach was ordered by PT Bali Pecatu Graha (BPG), a development company that wants to give the area a multimillion-rupiah rebirth as an investment haven for local and international corporations. The development of the 400-hectare Pecatu Indah Resort site has caused alarm among some Pecatu villagers who work at the beach. Once a laid-back secret among nudists and surfers, Dreamland became one of the most popular beaches in Bali in recent years, spawning a thriving, informal service industry on the cliff-side. "I find it a pity that our warung, built in traditional Balinese style, have all been demolished. People used to love spending their time here, far away from the overpriced and stylish hotels," ...