Sunk without a trace: man behind failed surf reef continues to elude liquidators

Sunk without a trace: man behind failed surf reef continues to elude liquidators

MISSING: The failed reef in Boscombe

OVERSEAS: ASR managing director Nick Behunin

SETTLEMENT: Mark Smith

BILL: Cllr Ben Grower

First published in News

THE liquidators of the firm behind Boscombe’s failed £3million surf reef are still trying to contact the man who was at the helm.

The New Zealand arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has been dealing with the liquidation of ASR, which was based in the country.

It went into liquidation almost a year ago and in April the Daily Echo reported that director Nick Behunin could not be contacted by PWC.

Although Mr Behunin lists his location on Facebook as Venice, California, PWC’s latest update report, published on Monday says it has still not been able to reach him and it has also not yet had access to the company’s records.

Liquidator David Murray Blanchett said in the report: “Further to our last report, we remain unsuccessful in contacting the director Nick Behunin, whom we understand to be overseas.

“We also remain unsuccessful in contacting the major shareholder and holder of a general security agreement, Sealutions LLC, which we understand was operated by Nick Behunin.”

The report said it was “not practicable to estimate a completion date for the liquidation”.

Bournemouth Borough Council has confirmed that is it now a registered creditor of ASR.

Mark Smith, service director for tourism said: “The council has successfully reached an insurance settlement for the surf reef and so is now undertaking the necessary work to ensure the reef is safe for people to use.

“This is progressing well and the reef will form an integral part of the Coastal Activity Park, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2014.”

He said the park would appeal to “a wide range of people” and offer “an enhanced leisure amenity”.

The Echo has been unable to contact anyone from ASR via phone, e-mail or through its website, which is still live.

Bournemouth council’s Labour leader Cllr Ben Grower said: “Presumably he has sunk without a trace, just like the surf reef.

“As the surf reef does not appear in our new seafront strategy, the council has now just wiped it off the face of the earth.

“I expect the reef and Mr Behunin will never be seen again, leaving the people of Bournemouth with the bill of over £3million.”

See all our surf reef stories, background, videos and a timeline following the surf reef saga at bournemouthecho.co.uk/surf_reef

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5:00pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Dr Strangelove says...

Right who authorised this expenditure? Who at the council looked into this and came back with yes it's a good scheme? The people involved at the council are not fit for purpose we should have resignations if any of them have a shred of decency or honour!
Right who authorised this expenditure? Who at the council looked into this and came back with yes it's a good scheme? The people involved at the council are not fit for purpose we should have resignations if any of them have a shred of decency or honour! Dr Strangelove
  • Score: 28

5:17pm Sun 20 Oct 13

muscliffman says...

The Echo say "man behind failed surf reef continues to elude liquidators", so he has much in common with the Bournemouth Town Hall Officers and Councillors responsible for incompetently blowing £3Million of our money on his worthless heap of sandbags - who so far have completely eluded justice.

Remind us again please Echo, who went on the New Zealand jolly to meet this man presumably said they saw an example of his artificial reef actually working and recommended Bournemouth Council buy a very expensive, disreputable and useless chocolate tea-pot?

We are way past the time heads should have been rolling over here as well....
The Echo say "man behind failed surf reef continues to elude liquidators", so he has much in common with the Bournemouth Town Hall Officers and Councillors responsible for incompetently blowing £3Million of our money on his worthless heap of sandbags - who so far have completely eluded justice. Remind us again please Echo, who went on the New Zealand jolly to meet this man presumably said they saw an example of his artificial reef actually working and recommended Bournemouth Council buy a very expensive, disreputable and useless chocolate tea-pot? We are way past the time heads should have been rolling over here as well.... muscliffman
  • Score: 29

5:18pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Turtlebay says...

Why not contact Nick Behunin at his homes, 147 Standard St El Segundo, CA 90245 and 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 ?

I contacted Mark Smith via e-mail two years ago and gave him the then details of how to contact Nick Behunin. I received no reply then and I suppose he's still not interested! I smell something very fishy!
Why not contact Nick Behunin at his homes, 147 Standard St El Segundo, CA 90245 and 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 ? I contacted Mark Smith via e-mail two years ago and gave him the then details of how to contact Nick Behunin. I received no reply then and I suppose he's still not interested! I smell something very fishy! Turtlebay
  • Score: 31

5:20pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Seafrontpatroller says...

Shouldn't it be called the Coastal Recreation Activity Park ?
Shouldn't it be called the Coastal Recreation Activity Park ? Seafrontpatroller
  • Score: 15

6:00pm Sun 20 Oct 13

BIGTONE says...

He's enjoying the highlife on the stupidity of the Council.
Tucked up like a kipper........AGAIN.
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He's enjoying the highlife on the stupidity of the Council. Tucked up like a kipper........AGAIN. ....... BIGTONE
  • Score: 8

6:06pm Sun 20 Oct 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

I want to see heads roll at the council.But in reality that will never happen.

It's the ballot box and the new chief executive is petrified that UKIP will be a force and have some power.All good things come to an end, Williams.

Bring down the 'Cosy Club.'
I want to see heads roll at the council.But in reality that will never happen. It's the ballot box and the new chief executive is petrified that UKIP will be a force and have some power.All good things come to an end, Williams. Bring down the 'Cosy Club.' politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 17

6:10pm Sun 20 Oct 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

Bournemouth Borough Council has confirmed that is it now a registered creditor of ASR.

Thats wrong.It should read 'The People Of Bournemouth' are registered creditors.Not the cretins who gave the company the work.
Bournemouth Borough Council has confirmed that is it now a registered creditor of ASR. Thats wrong.It should read 'The People Of Bournemouth' are registered creditors.Not the cretins who gave the company the work. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 18

6:25pm Sun 20 Oct 13

EGHH says...

Ha ha, yet we still trust the Tories to run this Council. Disgraceful!
Ha ha, yet we still trust the Tories to run this Council. Disgraceful! EGHH
  • Score: 11

6:36pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Bob49 says...

“The council has successfully reached an insurance settlement for the surf reef"

That''s news, and strange the council has not seen fit to mention it before. Or to tell us what this supposed settlement is.

Now, giving our slippery council the benefit of the doubt and accepting that the insurance company may have paid out the full amount, that is only in respect of one bag. So where is the money coming from to repair and make safe the rest of the reef

Perhaps in that light the Daily Echo could try contacting someone a little nearer to home. Those at the Town Hall who were responsible for this scam, and ask them where the money is to come from. And while they are at it, how much was recently paid out to replenish the beach opposite the reef and how much was paid to the Hemingways to paint the surf pods.

Because if anyone is eluding anything it is the Daily Echo who constantly avoid asking these most basic and yet fundamental questions.

That scam is still costing taxpayers money, and will continue to do so for some while yet, so lets have questions put to ALL those involved is this fiasco. - or tell us why those questions cannot be put.
“The council has successfully reached an insurance settlement for the surf reef" That''s news, and strange the council has not seen fit to mention it before. Or to tell us what this supposed settlement is. Now, giving our slippery council the benefit of the doubt and accepting that the insurance company may have paid out the full amount, that is only in respect of one bag. So where is the money coming from to repair and make safe the rest of the reef Perhaps in that light the Daily Echo could try contacting someone a little nearer to home. Those at the Town Hall who were responsible for this scam, and ask them where the money is to come from. And while they are at it, how much was recently paid out to replenish the beach opposite the reef and how much was paid to the Hemingways to paint the surf pods. Because if anyone is eluding anything it is the Daily Echo who constantly avoid asking these most basic and yet fundamental questions. That scam is still costing taxpayers money, and will continue to do so for some while yet, so lets have questions put to ALL those involved is this fiasco. - or tell us why those questions cannot be put. Bob49
  • Score: 11

7:12pm Sun 20 Oct 13

twynham says...

You only had to Google this outfit before the Council signed the contract to realise they were chancers.
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I did.
You only had to Google this outfit before the Council signed the contract to realise they were chancers. . I did. twynham
  • Score: 9

8:57pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Huey says...

Coastal activity park?
Should be coastal recreational activity park instead.
A load of c.r.a.p right here on our beach
Coastal activity park? Should be coastal recreational activity park instead. A load of c.r.a.p right here on our beach Huey
  • Score: 1

9:00pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Arjay says...

twynham wrote:
You only had to Google this outfit before the Council signed the contract to realise they were chancers.
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I did.
Perhaps there was a large brown envelope covering up the computer mouse, so they couldn't find it to click on the 'Google' button?....
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: You only had to Google this outfit before the Council signed the contract to realise they were chancers. . I did.[/p][/quote]Perhaps there was a large brown envelope covering up the computer mouse, so they couldn't find it to click on the 'Google' button?.... Arjay
  • Score: 6

9:19pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Hessenford says...

This whole fiasco proves the lack of common sense by so called professional members of Bournemouth council, each and every one of them that had anything to do with this failed project and this cowboy company should be hauled before the courts and convicted of misappropriation of funds.
This whole fiasco proves the lack of common sense by so called professional members of Bournemouth council, each and every one of them that had anything to do with this failed project and this cowboy company should be hauled before the courts and convicted of misappropriation of funds. Hessenford
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Palantir says...

Dr Strangelove wrote:
Right who authorised this expenditure? Who at the council looked into this and came back with yes it's a good scheme? The people involved at the council are not fit for purpose we should have resignations if any of them have a shred of decency or honour!
I'd imagine it's the same people who thought a taxpayer funded neon sign above the Wessex way to welcome people to the town was a good idea. Because common sense dictates that tourists are going to choose their location based on such features, as opposed to what lies beyond the sign and within the destination...

How does one get on Bournemouth council, by the way, is it 'collect twelve crisp packets and become a councillor?'
[quote][p][bold]Dr Strangelove[/bold] wrote: Right who authorised this expenditure? Who at the council looked into this and came back with yes it's a good scheme? The people involved at the council are not fit for purpose we should have resignations if any of them have a shred of decency or honour![/p][/quote]I'd imagine it's the same people who thought a taxpayer funded neon sign above the Wessex way to welcome people to the town was a good idea. Because common sense dictates that tourists are going to choose their location based on such features, as opposed to what lies beyond the sign and within the destination... How does one get on Bournemouth council, by the way, is it 'collect twelve crisp packets and become a councillor?' Palantir
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Sun 20 Oct 13

losthope says...

Palantir wrote:
Dr Strangelove wrote:
Right who authorised this expenditure? Who at the council looked into this and came back with yes it's a good scheme? The people involved at the council are not fit for purpose we should have resignations if any of them have a shred of decency or honour!
I'd imagine it's the same people who thought a taxpayer funded neon sign above the Wessex way to welcome people to the town was a good idea. Because common sense dictates that tourists are going to choose their location based on such features, as opposed to what lies beyond the sign and within the destination...

How does one get on Bournemouth council, by the way, is it 'collect twelve crisp packets and become a councillor?'
10 crisp packets, surely. Otherwise they'd have to take a sock off...
[quote][p][bold]Palantir[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Strangelove[/bold] wrote: Right who authorised this expenditure? Who at the council looked into this and came back with yes it's a good scheme? The people involved at the council are not fit for purpose we should have resignations if any of them have a shred of decency or honour![/p][/quote]I'd imagine it's the same people who thought a taxpayer funded neon sign above the Wessex way to welcome people to the town was a good idea. Because common sense dictates that tourists are going to choose their location based on such features, as opposed to what lies beyond the sign and within the destination... How does one get on Bournemouth council, by the way, is it 'collect twelve crisp packets and become a councillor?'[/p][/quote]10 crisp packets, surely. Otherwise they'd have to take a sock off... losthope
  • Score: 4

11:30pm Sun 20 Oct 13

Bob49 says...

"Otherwise they'd have to take a sock off..."

is that before rolling up the trouser leg, or after
"Otherwise they'd have to take a sock off..." is that before rolling up the trouser leg, or after Bob49
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Mon 21 Oct 13

corozin says...

"Bournemouth council’s Labour leader Cllr Ben Grower said: “Presumably he has sunk without a trace, just like the surf reef."

Well I'm pleased he can find something to laugh about. As a Council Tax payer who has seen the Council squander hundreds of thousands of pounds on a useless air bag I am certainly not laughing.
"Bournemouth council’s Labour leader Cllr Ben Grower said: “Presumably he has sunk without a trace, just like the surf reef." Well I'm pleased he can find something to laugh about. As a Council Tax payer who has seen the Council squander hundreds of thousands of pounds on a useless air bag I am certainly not laughing. corozin
  • Score: 4

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