Choiseul community to get US$200M hotel

Choiseul community to get US$200M hotel

The Choiseul community has been earmarked for a major hotel project costing between one hundred and seventy to two hundred million US dollars, Tourism Minister, Lorne Theophilus has announced.

Theophilus told the Times that the Sab Wisha Beach Park in Choiseul will be the site for the construction of the Sunset Bay Resort.

The resort is expected to be a four and a half to five star boutique-type property.

The Minister, who is also the MP for Choiseul/Saltibus, asserted that the development will significantly transform the lives of the people of the constituency.

He believes it will enable them to become an important part of the tourism landscape of Saint Lucia.

Theophilus disclosed that the sale of the Sab Wisha area was completed about three weeks ago.

He revealed that since the sale, the proprietors have been making various applications such as to the Development Control Authority (DCA), for moving the road.

“They are expecting all things being equal, from start to completion to take between fourteen to sixteen months,” Theophilus told the Times.

The Minister said the proprietors are hoping that within another three and a half weeks to a month they can commence work on the property.

He described the project as a very active one being spearheaded by a dynamic team of investors who are eager to begin construction.

Theophilus would not be drawn on who the investors are, explaining that the details will be revealed shortly at an official unveiling of the project.

But he did indicate that the investors are a multi-national group.

Theophilis told the Times that the proprietors will be here by weekend to have an unveiling and sod-turning ceremony for the project in the Choiseul community.

He observed that the Choiseul property development will include a craft component enabling craft to be produced and sold at the resort.

“Knowing that Choiseul is the craft Mecca of the Island will give a significant boost to the craft people and the Craft Association,” the Choiseul/Saltibus MP declared.

He also said that there would be major job opportunities during the different phases of construction of the Sunset Bay resort, utilizing the number of skilled workers of  the Choiseul community.

In addition, Theophilus said the project would expand opportunities for tourism linkages including tours, taxis, fisheries and agriculture, with talks having already begun in this regard with the various associations and officials in the community.

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22 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Another part of St. Lucia sold to foreigners.
    At what price and when will we the citizens have a say as to what should, and should not be sold

    1. Lucian Gal
      March 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm Reply

      Tho i appreciate where you are coming from.

      This is private land.
      A private transaction.

      You really want me and all Lucians to have a say in your property and what you do want to do with it???
      You want Joe Blow to have a say in who you sell you piece of land to?

      1. Anonymous
        March 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm Reply

        Update. Was private land until crown lands took over.

    2. lawrence mitchel
      March 15, 2016 at 12:50 am Reply

      Go read my comment > Lawrence

  2. sad
    March 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Public Space for St. Lucian’s gone again, another beach with a hotel, destroying our natural beauty.
    Shame

    1. Lucian Gal
      March 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm Reply

      Now that i agree with!!!

      1. Anonymous
        March 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm Reply

        @Lucian Gal you need to shut up if you not sure what u saying. this land was taken over by the Government long time ago. So it was them who sold it. Mr. Theophilus we choiseulians would like to know how much was the land sold for and what would the money be used for. i also want to know will us choiseulians be denied access to our lovely sab weesha after the development.

  3. Irritated
    March 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Why complain about the beach when jobs are being been created? No jobs we complain, create jobs we complain. Make a decision, either we give up the beach or we give up the work! smh!!

    1. The Chaserz
      March 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm Reply

      I agree big time. At least we will get jobs, we can’t eat the sand and drink the salt water.

    2. Lissa
      May 6, 2016 at 11:41 am Reply

      Delighted to see you back. Wod9#n&u3l;t have known if you hadn't commented on Cat's blog. Your blog is my favourite. Wishing you happier times ahead!Just need to catch up with what's been going on now properly!

  4. Sad Choiseulian
    March 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

    yes it will create jobs but its sad to loose a public beach like sab wisha. the only beach in choiseul for pleasure and entertainment. we cant have a gathering at la pointe beach, the village which is occupied by the fisheries nor river doree where the road need attention. why did they sell that neglected beach at la fargue?

    1. Bram Bram
      March 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm Reply

      What about that one abandoned on the east coast, La Paradis. This thing has just ruined the beauty of Choiseul. That’s Kenny for you, a man with bad taste.

      1. lawrence mitchel
        March 15, 2016 at 1:10 am Reply

        Why won’t they lease the land..to the hoteliers

      2. lawrence mitchel
        March 15, 2016 at 1:29 am Reply

        First of all I would never sell the little that I have for crumbs.. Lease the property under conditions..period. This government doesn’t have vision.. Doesn’t care about the future generation… ( if a father sells all he has what legacy does he leave behind for his son ) the poor people work in the hotels, gets taxed out of their eye balls, threatened if they join unions, works extra days without pay, they get hired on contracts n fired before probation ends,etc… N their tax monies go into the budget the tourism market board to advertised/ market st.lucia ,the island for the hoteliers.. The poor stay poor n the investor/ hoteliers keep winning… New age enslavers…

  5. Bram Bram
    March 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Tranquility gone, Sab Wisha is finished. I never understood why Governments whore themselves in selling an entire beach for one hotel. The beaches should have remained as national parks and the hotels built a distance from them, but that’s how beggars do business, just give everything away. Kenny is a loser.

  6. Sidney
    March 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Why don’t you all wait to see what is happening ?You can surely get a mix of recreational facilities and jobs in this neck of the woods. I suppose you all rather Chastanet get it

  7. Anonymous
    March 14, 2016 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Another beach gone according to the soca ” they selling the country piece by piece” pigeon point will go one day

  8. opportunist
    March 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply

    lovely. choiseul farmers can establish relations and sell their produce to the new hotel

  9. Anonymous
    March 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm Reply

    We St.Lucians atr never satisfied.Guess you can never please everybody.A point of correction on the Riviere Doree beach.The road is very accessible.

  10. Youth of choiseul
    March 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Yes its true that sabwisha is love by many but if it is sold and be better taken car of for the better of our community then let it be there are too many unemployed i choiseul things are to slow!! And if this hotel will bost hour community with jobs, income for different people then i agree tht it shud be done to better our community wen the beach wad modified with benches briges all we did was cush it so yes i think its netter tht some one else takes over so we can benifit from our beatiful sabwesha beach.

  11. Youth of choiseul
    March 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm Reply

    ***Yes its true that sabwisha is love by many but if it is sold and be better taken car of for the better of our community then let it be there are too many unemployed in choiseul things are to slow!! And if this hotel will bost our community with jobs, income for different people then i agree tht it shud be done to better our community wen the beach wad modified with benches briges all we did was crush it so yes i think its better that some one else takes over so we can benifit from our beatiful sabwesha beach.

  12. Anonymous
    March 30, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply

    No more of the sweet beach I used to go to as a little girl and when I visit anymore.

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