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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Six Men's Marina Hot Elections Topic

"GOVERNMENT HAS DISMISSED rumours that it plans to move residents of Six Men's in St Peter and allow a private marina to be built there.
Addressing the controversial topic of the St Peter fishing village during his general election nomination at Alexandra School on Sunday night, Prime Minister Owen Arthur said Government could not, under law, take the land of any private individual and give it to another private individual or entity to develop.
Saying such thinking was the essence of "voodoo law" and could not be done, Arthur said Government's plan for Six Men's was to build a fishing complex and an inland lagoon, since there was nowhere on the West Coast to harbour boats during the hurricane season.
"They used to pull up (boats) at Port St Charles. The Government cannot rely on that. We need a safe haven for boats," he said.
He said it would mean that people would have to be moved, since a fishing complex and a lagoon could not be sited on the land next to the west of the road in Six Men's.
As far as any private project was concerned, the Prime Minister said that an additonal separate development to the south of Six Men's, called Retreat, was the area for which private persons had applied for permission to develop.
"Now that is not the Government's project. It is not the Government's business. There is not a house on that private land. If those people want to develop a property to the south of Six Men's, not a house will have to move," he pledged.
Blaming a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) member for spreading news of the proposed private marina, he said the DLP should not even show its face in the constituency, since St Peter had had to endure more venom from that party than any other parish.
Blasting late Prime Minister Errol Barrow for saying Boscobelle was not on his map of Barbados and that its residents were behind God's back, Arthur blamed the DLP for abandoning a series of developmental projects in the parish.
Among those he listed were a proposed industrial estate at Six Men's for which land was acquired, but was abandoned when the DLP came to power in 1986; and a proposed fishing complex funded by the European Union, also abandoned in 1986.
Arthur said when the BLP resumed the Government, he therefore felt a duty to the people of Six Men's to start the acquisition again, but the owner of the land had since then taken legal action against the Government.
"The only reason why things haven't been settled with Six Men's is because it is still before the court," stated Arthur, who has represented St Peter since 1984." http://www.nationnews.com/story/360233542408069.php

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Government Frustrated By BS&T's Slow Meandering Pace On Pierhead Project

"GOVERNMENT WILL COMPULSORILY acquire the property to begin the Pierhead Development Project if it has to come to that...

Arthur told the gathering Government had enacted in Parliament the Pierhead Development Act to show the great role the project would play in the development of Bridgetown and Barbados' economy...

"Barbados Shipping & Trading owns assets that can be of tremendous strategic importance in the future transformation of the Barbadian society. We will not succeed in taking our country to the next level of development unless we carry out the transformation of our capital City..."

He said Government had worked assiduously with BS&T to see the best beach in Barbados pressed into service and this was one of the reasons for relocating the Coast Guard.

The Prime Minister also said Barbados was being bypassed by yachts because there was no marina in that location.

The company had a right to manage its interest, he said, adding that Government could not remain mum on this issue...

"We have seen this project move from one potential partner to another to another...

He said Government was making positive steps to address the relationship with BS&T to ensure the project came to fruition."
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Problems With Rosewood

The ultra-luxury Rosewood hotel brand tapped to manage the resort expected to be built at Harrison?s Point has lost yet another important management contract of a beachfront property. Five years after its contract to manage the Carenage Bay Club on nearby Canouan in the Grenadines had to be terminated it has been announced that the year and a half old Acqualina Resort which recently made the Conde Nast Hot List and located in Sunny Isles, Florida just north of the hip South Beach area will also be hauling down the Rosewood flag at the end of the month. Luxury brand Raffles now runs the Canouan resort but interestingly Acqualina is saying that it is leaving Rosewood to create its own brand. This latter intension, however, cannot hide the obvious dissatisfaction with Rosewood so soon after the resort's opening barely over a year ago. Whatever the problems with Rosewood are, developers at Harrison?s Point and the Bajan public which was invited recently to comment on the plans for the area should pay attention to this latest development.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pierhead Project Still On Cards


Battle for BS&T no problem for Pierhead project
Published on: 10/8/07.

by Geralyn Edward

THE LONG-MOOTED public/private sector Pierhead Project is still on the cards, according to Barbados Shipping & Trading (BS&T) chief executive officer Anthony King.

Providing an update on the initiative which has been nearly a decade in the works, King told BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY the current takeover battle between Neal & Massy and ANSA McAL for BS&T had not affected plans for one of the country's most ambitious projects.

The multimillion-dollar project would transform the Pierhead and lower Bay Street sites into a sophisticated shopping, entertainment and upscale accommodation area.

"In a way it is fortunate that there are not a lot of hard decisions or a lot of heavy financial decisions that have to be taken with the Pierhead project at this time.

"As a result, the takeover issue is not affecting it. But clearly, whoever is successful at the takeover will need to look at it and decide how they want to do things," he said in an interview over the weekend.

He explained that Neal & Massy, which for several years had a presence on the BS&T board of directors, "did not have any differences with us on it."

At the same time, the top BS&T executive said most of the project plans were on hold while Government completed the marina portion being handled by Barbados Tourism Investment Corporation.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Still Coming


"Harrison Point to be a luxury resort
Friday, 07 September 2007

A dramatic change of status is on the cards for Harrison Point in St. Lucy. Mike Goddard reports that the site of the temporary prison is to be transformed into a place of luxury. It will be constructed on 83 acres of land, and will comprise a hotel, residential villas, restaurants, pools and a spa, among other things. The Harrison Point Resort development is a joint private and public sector project by the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporated and Fairways Development Limited. The details are all spelt out in an environmental impact assessment which is now available for public viewing. According to the document, there will be an 80 to 120 room hotel and about 350 residential units plus tennis clubs, jogging track, hiking trails and beach facilities. The residences will be made up of 140 - cliff top units, along with 15 to 20 on the beach, 35 - on the bluff and between 100 and 150 condominiums.

The developers will also be transforming one kilometer of coast line by constructing and relocating two groynes and by creating an offshore island. Harrison Point lighthouse is also to be retained and will be incorporated into a historic centre and park.The Harrison Point Resort development is to be discussed during a town hall meeting at North Stars Cultural and Social Club on Wednesday September 26 at 7.30 p.m..Copies of the environmental impact assessment are presently available for public viewing at the Town Planning Department, the Garrison, at North Stars Club at Crab Hill and Golden Crust Bakery at Maycocks in St. Lucy.The developers say the multi million dollar Harrison Point Resort development will create a unique high quality environment which will benefit visitors, residents and the Barbadian public.It will also improve and revitalise an area of coastline that has not been formally accessible to the public for between 40 and 50 years. This project has been on the cards since 2004 but was put on hold when the fire at Glendairy prisons forced the relocation of prisoners to the site of the old American navy base at Harrison Point."

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