Second phase of DSH project revealed

DSH Chairman, Teo Ah Khing, spoke of the benefits of reclaiming land near the Maria Islands.

Prime Minister Hon. Allen M. Chastanet called for Saint Lucians to be “bold and courageous” in the face of new opportunities, during a briefing on the Pearl of the Caribbean Project last Thursday.

The briefing was held to provide updates on the project by Desert Star Holdings (DSH) Limited, and to unveil the proposed second phase of the project.

“There are always going to be the naysayers who only criticize but never ask about the people who are suffering. 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? I am asking the people of Saint Lucia to come out and support this initiative. You may not like every detail of it, but we are putting a plan on the table [to enable us] to move this country forward.”

The briefing addressed business persons, government officials and representatives from various town councils in the south.

“It is the intention of my government, with what Mr. Teo Ah Khing and his team have done, to now drive the south. We were elected under the theme of building a new Saint Lucia, and it is the intention of this government to fulfill that mandate. Very clearly specified in our manifesto was the importance of the south.”

“Singularly the most important aspect of success is implementation,” he went on. “Today we are here to announce that we intend to have full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies. We intend to allow the public to determine what they like and what they don’t like; and we intend to get feedback from 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. I will appoint a taskforce specifically for this project with various departments to ensure that we do the necessary work and 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,” the Prime Minister said.

DSH Chairman, Teo Ah Khing, also spoke to the audience about the potential benefits of reclaiming land near the Maria Islands.

“We are going to do three things in relation to the islands,” Teo Ah Khing noted. “We are going to do detailed research on all the existing wild life and marine life on this island and continue to preserve and enhance. 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 tourist attraction added onto the already interesting attractions in 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 wildlife.”

Mr. Khing pointed to a drawing: “You notice there are two islands, the Maria Islands. They are completely preserved with isolation and preservation.”

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

The briefing was held at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Beach Resort and Spa.

19 Comments

  1. Right
    March 14, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Bold and courageous??? Only if St. Lucians get an equal share at the opportunities and its not the same faces at every project. So far there is little to hope especially when certain people are involved. People are getting their bread snatched right out of their mouths. How can we think of the poor when we are thinking only to get richer and we are so bold about it? I am still optimistic but not nearly as before.

    1. Anonymous
      March 14, 2017 at 8:03 am

      I fear it will be the same faces at every project. Greed is a very powerful force.

  2. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Vision is scary to the vision-less.

  3. Chabin seeetness
    March 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Mr. Ptime minister can’t you hear the cries of the people or you just don’t care. Please listen to the people don’t take us for granted

  4. Unsure Citizen
    March 14, 2017 at 8:43 am

    You are not listening to the public already.. so why now will the people of the south be able to say what they like and don’t like… You still won’t listen. .. How can people be bold and courageous when it’s hard for them to see the gain… You want feedback but are you willing to listen.. You talk about the people in the south gaining? I’M waiting to see!

  5. Outsider
    March 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Government and people of St lucia, to be fair to all, DSH, government, Prople of the nation, it will be best for the government to have community meeting in all constituencies, and then drawn up the good points, the bad points, the grey points and put it in a referendum and let the people decide, if they are for the project or not.

    It will be best for any government to let the citizens decide with all the facts in front of them, what ever they decide they live with it, whether it be good or bad.

    1. Anon1
      March 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Very well said “Outsider” however we’re dealing with St Lucian politics here.

      History will show our Governments ( Yellow and Red) have a tendency of not being fully transparent with its employers (the electorate).

      The very logical and rational proposal you’ve just made is almost non existent in St Lucia.

      And the people should took majority blame for that, we should be standing up to all our politicians.

      The only politics in St Lucia is Party Politics which is continuing to obscure the island and its peoples progression.

  6. viewr
    March 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I perceive that Allen may have shares in this project which is the reason he’s so resilient to ensure it takes places,and st.Lucian’s don’t have the right to explore the islets but this investor has the right to it,the irony…white people never cared about black people so what makes this one different…he had this crazy idea of a dolphin facility until it was pointed out by several prominent members of different countries,as to how detrimental it will be to the environment and st.Lucia…this man is insane,typical of white people,wake up st lucians…

    1. Calvin
      March 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

      ‘viewr’ writes, “white people never cared about black people” — Yet another example racist poison spread by yet another cowardly internet troll hiding behind their smartphone, or in viewr’s case, their dumbphone.

      viewr also writes, “…this man is insane,typical of white people…”. Three things on this:
      (1) Whatever side one may be on, the DSH development has zero to do with race.
      (2) Insane? With all due respect, it’s not white people that are running after each other on the streets chopping each other, so who are really the insane ones…
      (3) Perhaps viewr might be happiest if all non in-bred St. Lucians were required to pull their money out and only in-pure bred St. Lucians were allowed to live in and develop St. Lucia, viewr might better enjoy being left in their peace to have a nice meal of cold rat meat and warm beer purchased with a de-valued currency, all that would be left on the island, being realistic, since those pure in-bred St. Lucians that do have the big money know better than to invest it here.

  7. R
    March 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Something big needs to happen here. Bring on DSH!

  8. cool cat.
    March 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Chastenet u eh hearing da cries of da people stop dat piece of chat here u retard or wat.(Expression deleted)

  9. Sad-But-True
    March 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Evil Chastanet is not a St. Lucian. He has no cares of what he destroys.

    1. Anonymous
      October 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Give The Man A Chance.

  10. 465465465
    March 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    No matter what you do, how you do it and how much you plan it, some people will ALWAYS opposed to change.
    Many claim to be speaking for the people of the South but I say have a referendum to hear the voice of the people there.

  11. tio
    March 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Mr prime minister what plans do you have to fix that . problem in castries crime towords local and tourist . that small city ?that come to enjoy that city? Are you planing to build more prisons for the black boys and girls? Or change the schools system,? That that you can have be young developper from schools and idears to build their country ..and suport local investers with good plans to develop better life standerd and pride instead of haters of each others becaused they did not equal opportunity how can you cure these sows?are you planing to build another city in the south of crime that canot be control because there will be t0 many money graber,? Is the tourist going to be in isolation and be cintroll what they do and where they go? Can you please give 100 persent to entrepreneur. Young and old that some of the money that this company come to invest that the local can develop theire sourounding town a nd communities. That they can grow together with these investers that come to eat allthe bread that they bake let the people of st lucis, bake theire own bread and share,show that you care.mr prime minister think before you cut that rebon. Mesure many times before you cut?

  12. Lucianman101
    March 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Do they take us for fools? How do you enhance “Mother Nature” exactly?

  13. ANONYMOOUS
    March 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

    POOR CHRISTOPHER HE HAS BEEN RALLY PLEADING WITH ST. LUCIANS TO RALLY BEHIND HIS RHETORIC ON PROGANDA INCLUSIVE BUT NOT EVEN THE PEOPLE OF VIEUX FORT ARE BUYING IT. ONE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THAT HE WOULD BE LEADING THE MARCH ON SATURDAY, WHERE WAS HE WITH THE OTHER BIG MOUTH ON MBC. WHY HE DID NOT COMMENT ON IT YEASTERDAY. HIS BOSSES I AM SURE ARE DISAPPOINTED ABOUT THE INEFFCT OF THEIR PROGRAMME. WOULD DANIEL BE GIVEN ANOTHER SHOW ON CALABASH.

  14. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

    PM if u want problems let’s us no because we the deportes will make DSH a living hell.U only checking for the rich all the hotels that getting free consetions tell them and butch help pax some taxes for the years off free condition

  15. Amie dodo
    March 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Lucian’s nobody knows what it is to be hungry without a job it is not anything sweet sometimes you feel like dieing ,so to those people who already have z job and see where their next meal is coming from paychew! Zout! This is what vf need development for jobs jobs jobs and not 7 days step and two days nice cleaning old people etc that will not put us on the map is big gigantic projects that will, o Jesus Lucian’s don’t know what they want,but I do empowerment for employment like chtti nsdc etc thanks Mr ahking

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