SLNT concerned about the future of Maria Islands

SLNT concerned about the future of Maria Islands

The Saint Lucia National Trust is concerned about the future of Maria Islands in light of Phase 2 of the Desert Star Holdings: Pearl of the Caribbean Project which was launched on March 9th at Sandals Grande.

The disturbing news is that in addition to destroying the ecological, environmental, historical, archaeological and social assets enshrined in Pointe Sable, the DSH plan includes a proposal to connect Maria Major and Maria Minor and build a causeway to the main land. The Trust has been trying feverishly to obtain official project documents from the relevant authorities but to no avail. This proposed plan threatens the Maria Islands Nature Reserve, which is the home of the world’s rarest snake, the Saint Lucia Racer as well as the Saint Lucia whiptail and many other unique flora and fauna.

The Trust will be having a Membership Meeting on March 11, 2017 at the Bougainvillea Conference Room at Bay Gardens Hotel from 1 p.m. where a presentation will be made on the Ma Kotè Mangrove and the work that we have recently undertaken in the mangrove. The meeting will also discuss the proposed dolphinarium at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

It is envisaged that the Trust will hold a Membership Meeting within the next couple of weeks in Vieux Fort to discuss the implications of the Phase II DSH Plans and their impact on Saint Lucia’s patrimony. We take this opportunity to reassure our members and the general public that we will do all in our power to ensure that these priceless and fragile assets are protected for the benefit of every Saint Lucian and the future generations. We call on all Saint Lucians who genuinely care about our heritage to support us in our conservation work and to ensure that Maria Islands and the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) are not destroyed.

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

    “ecological, environmental, historical, archaeological and social assets enshrined in Pointe Sable” Since when uh?During my 50 years in VFort I never knew that. All of a sudden? I knew there as “lonely Tree” Better you all labours come and take out these poles you all put there, preventing me from my after lunch relaxation. DSH for VFort ” The Pearl of the Caribbean” Want to know if you all will be coming with Fredericks again.

  2. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Why don’t you all request a meeting with Invest St Lucia to discuss the project? For phase 1 of the project which included the mangrove, you all concerns were considered and the mangrove was removed. Why come to VFort without the right information? Are we that stupid?

  3. R
    March 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm Reply

    SLNT, another political hack!

  4. MR COCO
    March 10, 2017 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Am I the only one who thinks the idea of a chinese owned horse race track and casino and a bunch of highrises in V fort is (Words deleted) crazy ? The chinese flat out suck to do business with. Enjoy your fiasco.

  5. MR COCO
    March 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Am I the only one who thinks the idea of a chinese owned horse race track and casino and a bunch of highrises in V fort is [email protected] crazy ? The chinese flat out suck to do business with. Enjoy your fiasco.

  6. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

    All these government are the same selling the country for money. That y me no vote. All of them the same. No difference

  7. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Well St Lucians sit back and do noting; SERIANS TAKEING OVER; NOW CHINESE good for them

  8. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Was the Le Paradis disaster not enough of a listen. Tourism should not invade what is indigenous to our island! Smh

  9. Anonymous
    March 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

    All of you are getting a salary what about those of us who isn’t getting nadar uh life is a risk let’s do this

    1. elegal
      March 11, 2017 at 2:12 am Reply

      you sound so ignorant and uneducated. it’s people like you who will make us lose our country for a dollar.

  10. The Eagle
    March 11, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

    We are so quick to focus on the negative. I don’t see how a causeway will destroy Maria Island. Is it possible to keep the preservation works intact and still maximize on the revenue that can be generated by visiting the island. Its not like tourist ain’t already going there. Sigh. We might as well make use of all them mountains in the centre of the country and grow some weed, since thats where the money is. Oh wait those mountains may be preserved too. Ma sav

  11. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 10:31 am Reply

    If u let them damage what’s left of us??? .Remember one hotel in de south was a century for rare wildlife there destroyed it hotel done In any case build that hotel in vi fort and see if u don’t have problems

  12. Guddif Pradesh
    March 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Where I come from in India development has been very very good to us. Many many people work happy jobs with nice families. I get work supervising 50 people in a mill.
    Friends who live in St. Lucia tell me I should come here so I move here 3 years ago with my 4 brothers. They very educated men and we start a business here. I can now afford to very good support the rest of my family back home and look forward to bringing them here to join our growing business and with St. Lucia’s government’s very very fine help, develop and make St. Lucia a dream island that everybody want to come to and buy and enjoy.
    Best greetings!

    1. Bobbi Ore
      March 11, 2017 at 11:54 pm Reply

      Back in my country I had 50 men like you, all lazy by the way. What business do you do in Castries? Run a taxi? Keep your family home.

  13. Pleased To Hear... Positivity
    March 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Good for you pradesh! develop St. Lucia.

    Thanks for encouraging words…

  14. Surfing Charlie
    March 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Hopefully when a good high end resort gets build, St. Lucia will get a high end mall to go with it. Lets get stores ljke Pravada, Chanel, etc.

  15. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 12:19 am Reply

    The Prime Minister told us that his and his family’s lands were not near the DSH Project, and he made a veiled threat to sue Richard Frederick for insinuating that the PM and his family stand to benefit from the DSH development. Well, if they build a causeway to Maria Islands, the question will be : how close to Chastanet’s lands is this development? Of course, the causeway will never become a reality, because St. Lucians will oppose it. So I am not yer sure if the Chastanet family will indeed benefit from Phase TWO of the DSH project. In any event, Richard Frederick has nothing to worry about.

  16. Halil Alfassi
    March 12, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

    Mr. Charlie, you are absolutely right, St. Lucia is short-changing itself without a true high-end shopping mall which would include Saks Fifth Avenue and others. With the thousands of real, long-term jobs that are being created by the wise planning of past and present governments, St. Lucians and the thousands of visitors deserve a place to spend all the new-found wealth that will be coming. In fact, there may not be enough of an available labour pool to fulfill the demand for jobs, and we should take advantage of the large number of ambitious, hard-working, well-educated talent that is very ready, and is asking, to move here and share their talents from emerging economies including America, India, Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, China, and Eastern Europe. They all know that there is really great money to be made here.
    There are still vast tracts of land here which could draw investment from abroad and provide good good return-on-investment to investors.
    For example, the government should explore the viability of entering into a P3 arrangement (Public Private Partnership) for the lands of Vigie Airport. Under a P3, foreign capital would happily invest in a 99 year lease of the Vigie lands in exchange for the island receiving a piece of the revenue and sharing the risk for the development of a world-class golf course resort, high-end condos beside Vigie Beach (under-used as it is by locals), and establishment of a Rodney Bay style marina. Castries’ downtown also offers magnificent prospects for a planned, phased approach to a extensive gentrification initiative adjacent to the harbour. Thousands and thousands of well-paid, long-term jobs would be created during the design, construction and operation phases and re-invigorate the the entire city of Castries, as well as providing a true, sheltered 6-star resort experience for visitors.
    The present government seems to be welcoming to foreign investment, now is the time to purchase good land for more development.
    A causeway to the Maria Islands offers tremendous possibilities both in terms of taking advantage of the increasing demand by prosperous visitors for so-called eco-tourism, as well as possibilities for establishing the Caribbeans largest island waterpark. Where I come from, water is a sign of prosperity and the islands’ lay-out would be great for a waterslide, a rock-climbing wall, a crafts boutique, a constructed habitatfor the rare snake, and all serviced by either a heli-pad or causeway.
    Sandals, American, Middle Eastern, African, Indian and other hard-working foreign investors have made great strides in bringing St. Lucia to its level of prosperity, happiness, hope and satisfaction.
    Personally, I have many countrymen off-shore that look forward to moving here soon and settling here to work in hope of the better life that St. Lucia and the St. Lucia people offer to all.

  17. Johnny Wishbone
    March 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Johnny says too much commerialisation will lead us away from our true path. Chasing after gold is not the true reward, it is only the evil devil’s juice. It might taste rich, sweet and creamy, truly it is salty, sour and chunky. Once the seed takes root, it is impossible to remove like a weed. Our saviour is not the dollar, we know who it is and should embrace it. Turn away from your false prophets and idols, embrace him and each other

  18. Akmaddem Al-Shakloob
    March 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Johnny, you are obviously a brother that shares the desire for a life based on the basic set of moral values that serve as a life compass gifted from him towards the success of our our children, societal order, peace, a good government, and the rule of law that we are bound by him to live to, every day.

    The evil devil’s juice, most most unfortunately has permeated our vulnerable society like stains on a mattress. This vile, vile juice seeps from all levels of our society, from as-yet-unproven in court allegations at the elected official level through to those who were raised without the appropriate and unquestioned just and corporal punishments that accompany misbehaviour, and for those that are adults, court administered sanctions with prejudice delivered to those that do not respect societal order and morality. Thankfully, the gallows at the Bordelais facility are still somewhat functional with a bit of maintenance and tightening of fasteners, ready for those that the courts through due process deem as societally unworthy.

    Clearly, too too many of our youth, single mothers, irresponsible fathers and societally disaffected men, women and children of all ages across our most venerable emerging island lack a moral compass and leadership and valuation for what they bring, and the potential they offer to advance essential societal values that will guide us to a glorious after-life. Similarly, many of our island’s men of all races and of unstructured moral fortitude, across the societal hierarchy, must learn through punishment of their obligations in the eyes of him.

    Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. Presently, our prison is now simply a a Con-College for Evil-Doers, free food and a free place to stay. Justice should be properly served in a permanent manner rather than warehousing those that would seek to poison and destroy our brothers and sisters.

    My brother, spread the word. All glory to cod. Let us pray to this.

  19. Big Jim Farting Camper
    March 13, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    Open up some RV parks, and hold a black powder shooting contest. This will bring development

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