A recent statement by our Parliamentary District Representative on his Facebook page seems to have not sat well with one KN G-Nicholas, who claims to be with the St Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and a member of the Choiseul UWP Executive Branch.
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Bradley's Statement reads, "Today [July 29, 2016] the Government of Saint Lucia signed an agreement with Master Developer DSH Caribbean Star Limited for the development of The 'Pearl of the Caribbean' in Vieux Fort which is valued at over USD2.6 billion. The project will comprise a marina, a horse racecourse, a resort and shopping mall complex, casino, Free Trade Zone, extensive entertainment and leisure facilities, eco-tourism as well as architecturally designed villas and apartments and will create 500-800 jobs during the construction phase."
The young lady in question, is concerned about where the "Pearl of the Caribbean" will be located. "Hope its not in the mangrove area." she states.
The United Workers Party (St Lucia) page issued this statement in reply to Ms KN G-Nicholas' queries. "Hi Ms.Nicholas, the mangrove area will form part of the proposed development, however the environmental concerns have been shared with the developer. Several things will be done to address this. Firstly the developer will be responsible for having the garbage dump relocated as the waste from the dump is currently causing the mangroves to decay. A team of scientists brought in by the developer has confirmed that this is the source. Currently another location for the dump is being identified. Secondly this development is Eco-Friendly and the developer has given his assurance and commitment to ensure that a project is undertaken to restore the life of the mangrove. The mangrove area will actually serve to compliment the development. Further information on the Environmental impact of this project will be publicized to get public opinion and feedback."
The show is just about to start. "Really are you aware of the SLNTs current efforts towards the rehabilitation of the mangrove? The young lady ready to assert her "know it all" type of attitude.
She continues, "Do you know that technical personnel from Grenada and TNC are on island this weekend as part of an ongoing mangrove rehabilitation project?"
Well, surely the party writer would not be caught in a "harlaykarsay" with this determined lady. Since no more statements was coming from the UWP end the young lady continued to posture and more or less letting the UWP writer know that she is an expert on environmental issues.....so I take it.
She continued. "Can those assessments which were done to determine that it was indeed the dump the only factor in mangrove dieback be shared? I would love to have a read my interest is indeed heightened. I'd love to compare with the results of current tests being done."
"Do you know the importance of mangrove? Also why the narrow minded response....." she responded to a comment. Though her concerns may be legitimate, "Choiseul on The Move" surely did not hear her articulate her concerns about the mangrove at Sab Wisha when the construction of a Hotel was announced by Lorne Theophilus for the area just prior to the last General Elections. Did you hear her? What hypocrisy!
But by then the Facebook page was being flooded with comments congratulating Bradly, but also there was a sense of disdain for the young lady's comments.
Ferleen Verneuil-joseph and Ian Ferdinand replied to her comments with "Abaybon St. Lisien smh." and "Where were you when kda gave away paradis where was SLNT?" respectively
A young man by the name of Rage Anderson put it to her like this. "Miss take a chill pill. Who cares about some stupid mangrove when there are thousands of hungry ppl out there. Government trying to create employment and you talkin about mangrove? Woman you to bright for this country. If its all good with ur life then thank god. There are struggling people out there. How will the bills pay? How will da kids go to skool.. How will the kids have a meal. You care about that?? Seems u prefer thousands of kids starving just to save a stupid mangrove."
Clearly, it appears that the need for jobs has the priority here. The environmental issues on the mangrove preservation in the comments appear to take second place to job creation in the country.
Support for this development in the south, among others, came from:-
Sharon Boriel "Wooohoooo!! Development for the south!"
Julie Didier - Commissiong "Whenever it's done ....n I come on vac...I can look forward...2 spending more time in the south.....not only the north...!!!!"
Rose Aristide "Way to go Bradley you mean business ! You in to win always ! Make St Lucia great again !"
Earnest Parsad "Go Bradley go Vfort needs a face Lift."
and Domitiana Rene "All the best my government."
"Choiseul on the Move" looks forward to seeing many of our own get employment both at the construction level and of course during the operation of the "Pearl of the Caribbean and last but not least a balanced approach with concerns for the environment.