Pearl of the Caribbean: PM calls for Saint Lucians to be Bold and Courageous

Pearl of the Caribbean: PM calls for Saint Lucians to be Bold and Courageous

While addressing a briefing on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project on Thursday morning at the Sandals Grande St Lucian Beach Resort and Spa, Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet called for Saint Lucians to be “bold and courageous” in the face of new opportunities.

“There are always going to be the naysayers,” said Prime Minister Chastanet toward the end of his address. “The people who can only criticize but never sit back and ask about all the people who are suffering. Do they live in those people’s homes? What does it mean to be unemployed in this country and also to be poor? Shouldn’t that be the priority of what we are trying to do? Does politics have no boundaries? I am asking the people of Saint Lucia to come out and support this initiative. You may not like every detail of it but what we are doing is putting a plan on the table of being able to move this country forward.

Prime Minister Chastanet was addressing a room filled with business persons, government officials and representatives from the various town councils in the south of the island. The purpose of the briefing was an update on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project by Desert Star Holdings Limited and the unveiling of the proposed phase two of the project.

“It is the intention of my government with what Mr Teo Ah Khing and his team have done to now drive the south in order to take the bold and courageous decisions and to take our rightful place in the world,” said the Prime Minister. “We were elected under the theme of building a new Saint Lucia and we didn’t just marginally win this election we won it with one of the largest mandates ever. It is the intention of this Government to fulfill that mandate. Very clearly specified in our manifesto was the importance of the south.”

The Prime Minister then spoke to the process to come regarding the project:

“It is okay to dream. It is okay to have a vision but singularly the most important aspect of success is implementation,” he said. “It means that somebody has to pull the trigger at some point. So today we are here to announce that this what the dream is. We intend to have full EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) studies. We intend to allow the public of Saint Lucia to digest this; to determine what they like and what they don’t like; to get the feedback from the south and the citizens of the south. To make sure that the plans that we have and the scale that we have is compatible with the capacity of Saint Lucia to be able to grow. Once we are satisfied that we have done those things we must make the decision to implement.”

The Prime Minister went on: “I am going to be appointing a taskforce specifically for this project with various departments to ensure that we do the necessary work but at the same time that we are ready to implement this project as soon as all the work has been completed. Saint Lucia it is time for us take control of our own destiny. Let us stop living in mediocrity. Let us develop our assets for all the citizens in the south and for Saint Lucia. The time for change is now.”

During his presentation Chairman of DSH Teo Ah Khing spoke to the audience about the potential benefits in the reclamation of land near Maria Islands in the south.

“We are going to do three things in relation to the islands,” Teo Ah Khing noted. “We are going to continue to preserve, enhance; do detailed research on all the existing wild life and marine life on this island. Secondly, we are going to allow local tourists to be able to experience the very rare natural features right out there in the ocean and allow it to be a tourism attraction added onto the already interesting attractions in the island Saint Lucia. Thirdly, with the creation of this 150 to 200 acres of new land certain portions will be returned to the people of Saint Lucia. This is not just about the public parks or ocean parks that the visitors are going to enjoy; this is to allow us to put ourselves on the world map for the international research of wild life.”

Mr. Khing stated that what was being shown to the audience was a very preliminary artist’s impression. Pointing to the drawing, the DSH Chairman said: “You notice there are two islands, the Maria Islands. They are completely preserved with isolation and preservation.”

Following the presentation, the Honourable Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation       addressed the audience followed by the Honourable Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting.

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply

    U would not b the fist or last to take a chance .
    Go for it,as long citizen, gain from it.just ask the Lord to bless u and guide and the ppl involved so let b a successful​.

  2. Odd
    March 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Mr.PM im all for this project… But please understand…the sandy beach portion…and extension to maria island needs to be scrapped.

    And if that cant happen then let it be the extension to be approved with conditions which will protect the island even more than it is being protected right now…and one other thing..
    This buy back the land policy cannot fly.

    They are making an investment.

  3. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Mr pm I will be bold and courageous. Remember they had threatened Kenny. Don’t u worry I’ll be bold and courageous. Tan toe tan toe.

  4. 666
    March 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply

    Both him and Kenny have a reputation for selling the country in the name of slave wages. These people don’t really care cause they’re well off.

    1. Ganjah Empress❤💚💛
      March 16, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply

      Slowly But Surely They Selling The Poor Country. …And We Are So Stupid We Falling In It ….The System Erhh Want Black People To Rise

  5. questions for Chas
    March 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Chas, have you discussed the plan with your technical officers in the various government offices and given them a chance to say what they like and don’t agree to? Have you asked the people managing Maria Island what could happen if you open up traffic to that area by bringing a causeway? Have you ever been to Maria Island? Do you know what protocols you have to respect in order to prevent damage to the same species that you are going to expose to “tourists”? Do you think the world’s rarest snake and only whiptail lizard will wait around on the island while bulldozers etc dig up the ocean? Did you know that, according to Saint Lucia’s constitution it is illegal to develop in an environmental protected area? What do we do with people who break the law, Chas? We send them to jail>>>>>>>>>

  6. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Something is not right here! You’re giving the foreigners the land for your own pocket? Chasnet? 1 dollar an acre? why don’t you sell the people (St. Lucian citizens) that land for a nominal fee and have them develop the land into hotels and condominiums and even collectively into that racino and tourist attaractions. Hold them to a certain standard, So everyone benefits. Or have the Foreign Chinese, who have built-up and reclaimed (stole) land in the South China Sea (Not their territory) and built military bases and airstrips and facilities there – Donate to the land under the contriol of st. Lucian engineers, managers, business people, and build new roads and bridges and affordable homes for the people throughout the island in return for the profits they will receive from the Racino, marinas, hotel resorts. Be a Wise leader like Joseph of Israel. Be creative and be a legacy and Really help ‘St. Lucia be on the map’ in the right way – with respect – And not be on the map as a sold out country like the rest of Caribbean islands – the islands the Chinese are milking. Make this a win/win project. A hospital or hotel or school cost a fraction of the cost of this ‘Jewel’ DHS project. so demand a trade off from the Chinese. be a negotiator for the People. if the project cost 1 billion dollars, don’t sell off the land for 1 dollar an acre. sell it or lease it for 20K an acre. have them build dem roads and affordable housig and mini hotels, and schools sprinkled throughout the island. have the people invest. Then DHS project could start. and be completed. Everybody wins. just sayin.

  7. Anonymous
    March 15, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply

    In all ur thinking pm did you ever once thot of how WE ST.LUCIANS will get to enjoy this establishment.

    1. Dale Jacobs
      March 15, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

      St Lucian’s have t be bold and courageous to stop you and your betrayers in your tracks.

  8. Anonymous
    March 15, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply

    Be transparent, don’t sell off the country’s resources and turn your people into slaves on their own land oh nut wait this is the estate of the Queen of England? And you are just her prime minister just like your predecessors. I understand your pain but still there are ways to do what is right. Don’t destroy our nature reserves, make sure the deal does not put st lucia at a disadvantage, if you are going to develop land don’t develop prime land that should be used for agriculture (a country that cannot feed it self is doomed) think man or are you just like the rest l, out of touch with reality, pretending to be what you’re not hiding behind eloquent words. By the way is not vf lands still leased to the Americans? So I guess you can do as you pleased to h..l with the people.

  9. Tio
    March 15, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply

    This little island that have gold and Diamond in when these investers dig and take the diamond and the gold what can u do you aready sold it for penny thats the reasons there have snakes to protect it there is wealth on this island dont you know?

  10. The Word.
    March 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Re Bold and courageous..
    That’s why we are thinking that stand.
    We don’t apimp to tell us at.lucians how poor we are.
    We need better educators and not fast talkers.
    That man is dangerous.He pimped his way in Jamaica.St.lucians please stay Focuse

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