Letter on proposed resort development in St. Lucia

Letter on proposed resort development in St. Lucia

Dear Sir,

I was dismayed to read in ‘The Guardian’ newspaper (UK) of 1st April the proposed plans to invest in the development of a huge resort that will impact on the diverse (and rare) wildlife of the island. After last visiting the island in December 2016, my family and I continue to appreciate the conservation efforts to retain the character of St Lucia.

This is in contrast to some of the other Caribbean islands which have, unfortunately, succumbed to the wider call of tourism and the ensuing devastation of natural land and consequent endangering of vulnerable species.

Furthermore, I was surprised to learn of the plan to build a dolphinarium at Pigeon Point at a time when tour operators including Thomas Cook (Britain’s 2nd largest travel company) are dropping tours to many animal attractions (eg Ocean World in the Dominican Republic and Sealanya in Turkey – both dolphinariums).

Virgin Holidays also are no longer promoting such ‘experiences’.  A lengthy article in ‘The Sunday Times’ (UK) newspaper of 2nd April further discusses the issues and concerns of captive animals and the effect of making them perform for, or interact with, human beings.

The face of tourism is changing and I beg the government of St Lucia to think again before going ahead with its proposals both regarding resort building and the building of a dolphinarium.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Tavia Facchin

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17 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

    We have a Prime Minister who seems stuck in the past with only old grandiose ideas. Most of which he sees some direct benefit for himself, his family and friends. And so, he leads the charge making the stupid comparison of saying “if you’re against the development, you’re against jobs.” Hello, hasn’t he heard of “sustainable development?” You go wherever talking about climate change but you’re ready to destroy your own environment in your own country. SHAME!

  2. Terence Joseph
    April 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

    My friend the project will not affect no wildlife. Please go find out and read facts before you write. The projects are good for the country.

    1. Bd- harley rider
      April 12, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply

      Hey Terence, the proper phrasing is “……… the project will not affect ANY wildlife.”
      Also Terence you must be getting some financial benefit from this project or you work for the present governing body for you to truly believe that this project will not affect ANY animals.

      1. Terence Joseph
        April 13, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply

        My friend Harley, do you know the meaning of the word fear.just go to your dictionary and it will give you many examples. Fear can cripple a nation, fear can keep you poor.Have you ever read the bible and see many people that died in the wilderness because of fear? I only hope the prime minister and the government don’t lead that spirit. “My people perish because of lack of knowledge “.

  3. Ti Mike
    April 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply

    I expect a donation from this individual to the poor and indigent people of this country who cannot even read what you have just written there from your ivory tower.

    1. Anonymous
      April 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

      Hey Mike you sound envious. Are you one of those indigent people who cannot read because poor and indigent mean the same thing.

      1. Anon1
        April 13, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply

        “Anonymous April 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm” lol lol lol spot on.

        “Ti Mike” the word you wanted to say was “indigenous ” I’ll go one step further and give you the official meaning “originating in and naturally living, growing, or occurring in a region or country”

        You see what happens when you quick to try and belittle someone but your level of intelligence/education completely wipes out your attempt at belittling others.

        Boy if I was you I won’t have any dealings with your intelligence again look how it let you down.

  4. Patriotic
    April 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

    If this land grab (under the guise of investment), continues we will wake up to find that most Saint Lucians are in the ghettos and all the foreigners and investors will have our best land. We will feel like blacks under apartheid or like Palestinians under occupation.
    Then one day you will board a segregated bus with a sign in the back saying “Locals only” with the front seats reserved for investors and tourists.

    1. Calvin
      April 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm Reply

      Ahhh, Patriotic, you are an admirable comrade in the struggle against the invading ravenous and rich investor hounds of foreign imperialistic oppression. Fear not, my young dog of war, there is still time left. We were all raised to believe that we would grow up to be teachers, scientists, movie stars, and astronauts. But we’re not. Instead, we wake up each morning and we go to [expletive deleted] jobs that we don’t like to do [expletive deleted] we despise. And we’re very fed up. Our parents and grandparents triumphed through wars and the Great Depression. But we have no war. We have no Great Depression. Our war is a spiritual war. And our Great Depression is our lives.
      >>>Okay, enough of the pointless wallowing in self-pity babble — Let’s finally get back to*reality*. <<<
      Patriot, you almost sound like you would like your alarmist predictions to come to fruition such that you could then gloat and say, "See, I told you so."
      Your seemingly defeatist and woe-is-me attitude is why exactly the term "self-fulfilling prophecy" was invented. Sadly, it is a dis-service to St. Lucians and is in no way constructive. Such disenfranchisement really is sad, but is not uncommon.
      We are fortunate to live in a vibrant democracy. Each of us has the option to, rather than complain from behind the comfort of a cellphone to, instead, get positively involved in the evolution and direction of our nation and:
      — To learn what the term "collaboration" means.
      — To get out there and get involved.
      — To write and talk with both our elected and government officials.
      — To understand the different points of view.
      — To attend or organize a community meeting.
      — To talk face to face with our countrymen.
      — To get ourselves up to speed on the very real complexities and considerations that necessarily figure into the big decisions that face us, and the inherent balances and compromises involved.
      Patriotic, we each and every one deserve to be able to explain our concerns and to be listened to. Join the conversation and get involved, help in jointly shaping of our kids' future.
      God Bless.

  5. Calvin
    April 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Congratulations, you know how to sit in England and surf the internet.

    I’m somewhat disappointed in the U.K.’s current education system in that it now apparently graduates PhD’s who make conclusions based on what appears to be a weak, incomplete fact base without on-the-ground research. Particularly as a graduate in the field of education.

    Perhaps if you wanted to comment as authoritatively as you would like to be able to do, but presently aren’t, you should spend some time living and working in St. Lucia and getting a firmer grasp of the full context of real-world realities here.

    I may not be a proponent of the proposed dolphin park, but will not make a rash decision simply by pointing at what others are or aren’t doing and looking to a couple of British travel forms as a barometer of what a sovereign nation should do or not do.
    That’s an outdated colonialist mentality, and one of the reasons that nation states are sovereign and independent.

    And, heaven knows, as someone living in a country that has opted to withdraw from the over-bearing E.U., you should recognize that.

    1. Anon1
      April 13, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply

      Calvin, that’s was utter bullocks or cow dung!

  6. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 2:48 am Reply

    The pee em got to go

  7. Joe
    April 13, 2017 at 3:03 am Reply

    Do not let the Dr. Title fool you. There are over 100,000 academics with Masters or Phds in the USA ON WELFARE.

    Universities are now turning out la la land magical academics who are clueless and only there for their pay packets and pensions.

    Clowns like this Dr joker are paid 10 times the average wage in St Lucia and has not contributed one cent to the 20% destitute rate in St Lucia. His expenditure on food every month would pay to feed 20 poor st lucia kids.
    Send your money mate!

    1. Terence Joseph
      April 13, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply

      Agree with you Joe.

  8. BIRD
    April 13, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply

    ITS TIME THAT THOSE SOUR LOOSERS OF THE REJECTED SLP CLOWN CAMP REALIZE THAT ALLAN CHASTANET AND THE UWP WAS GIVEN THE MANDATE BY THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE TO GOVERN THIS COUNTRY. I SUGGEST THAT THEY BE STILL AND ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF ST LUCIA. WHERE WAS TOOLSIE AND THE NATIONAL TRUST WHEN THEY DISTROYED FREGATE ISLAND WITH THEIR FAILED PARADIS PROJECT.

  9. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

    People like Bird and Joseph Terrence are what’s wrong with the country. They are party hacks without a soul and a conscience.

    How can you Joseph Terrence come and pontificate that the causeway will have no impact on wildlife when all those who manage the wildlife reserve and experts from around the world say that it will do irrevocable and irreversible damage to the endemic species on Maria Islands and all the avifauna that nest on the island? You continue to go and push ignorance when their is quite a lot of evidence to the contrary. The design of this project is poorly conceived and poorly thought out. There is little value to be gained from building this causeway and much value to be lost as a result. And that goes for pretty much all the components of the DSH Project I would say.

    As for you BIRD, Allen Chastanet was elected not to be a dictator but to be the Head of Government. That does not give him or his party free reign to do whatever they please. He was given no mandate for DSH or a Dolphin Park. Were those things indicated in his manifesto or on the political platforms? Governments are elected and must consult and be accountable to the people. If their is strong public outcry against a project, if there is little to no consultation, these things are recipes for disaster later on down the road. Governments cannot force feed the population. As for you saying that Tulsie and the National Trust said nothing about Le Paradis, go back in time and think again. I remember them speaking out. And look at the result of a stalled project on the environment. And Praslin is not even as sensitive an ecological area as Pointe Sable and the Maria Islands.

    You too should desist from all the typical, non-factual, but emotionally charged posts. We are dealing with the now and the current for the future of the country. You are just merely playing politics for “de party.”

    1. Anonymous
      April 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

      ANONYMOUS WHY DONT YOU GET ACCOSTUMED TO THE FACT THAT THE SLP IS OUT OF POWER NOW BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE. WHY DID THE FORMER PM SIGN A DOCUMENT INVOLVING 830000 MLS OF OUR SEA BED WITHOUT THE CABINET OR THE GG KNOWING A THING ABOUT IT. DOCUMENTS ABOUT THIS SECRET DEAL WAS HELD AT A FORMER AMBASSADORS HOME. THE FORMER PM REFUSES TO ANSWER TO ANYBODY THIS IS WHY THE PEOPLE BOOTED HIM OUT OF OFFICE AND FURTHERMORE HILAIRE REFUSE TO COMMENT ON THE JUFALLI ISSUE AND TELL US HOW MUCH HE PAID FOR HIS ST LUCIAN PASSPORT

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