Government & DSH Committed to Preservation and Conservation of Maria Islands

Press Release:-The “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project is one of the most adventurous and ambitious projects in the Caribbean which is poised to make Saint Lucia an even more unique destination and create economic activity as never before seen in the south of the island.  

In pursuance of this project the Government of Saint Lucia and the Master Developer, Desert Star Holdings Caribbean Limited (DSH), are committed to operating within the the laws of Saint Lucia and the project will be subject, as in all cases, to the requisite Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and the approval of the Development Control Authority (DCA).

The Government is also committed to undertaking the necessary studies, protecting and conserving the natural landscape of Saint Lucia and in particular the wildlife and marine life on Maria Islands. Contrary to some reports, the project is intended to enhance Saint Lucia’s natural assets, and is sensitive to the principles of sustainable development which includes biodiversity preservation, environmental protection and respect for the eco-system.

On March 9th 2017 the Government and Desert Star Holdings jointly unveiled the second phase of the project which is the proposed Southern Causeway, a reclaimed land site of between 150 to 200 acres in Vieux Fort near the Maria Islands.

The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes the ongoing discussion on the project in the public domain and hopes that the debate will continue in a manner where we can share concerns and ideas in a constructive way which does not harm our country’s image.

In order to assist discussions based on fact it is necessary that the Government share aspects related to the second phase of the project with Saint Lucians, as follows:

  • The Government and the Developer have agreed that the proposed Causeway will not be connected to Maria Islands and there will be a waterway separating Maria Islands from the Causeway. Meaning the two islands, Maria Major and Maria Minor, will remain detached from the development.
  • Artist Rendering: The drawings shown at the March 9th 2017 ceremony are a preliminary artist impression and the concept is still being refined and changed in this ongoing exercise as the developer undertakes significant technical research on the area.
  • Studies: Several feasibility studies and tests will be done with renowned reclamation and environmental experts.
  • Communication: The Government has been open and remains open to receiving concerns from local and foreign agencies associated with the project. The Government has along every step of the way shared information with the Saint Lucian public on the status of the different phases of the project.
  • Protocols: Based on the developer’s well-respected track record the Government is convinced and the developer has committed to using the most up to date Environmental Protocols and innovation to facilitate the causeway and ensure it does not harm the current environment. Saint Lucia also has laws and rules which govern proposed developments which must be adhered to.
  • Detailed Research on Existing Wildlife and Marine Life: The Government and the developer will work with various agencies to do detailed research on all the existing wildlife and marine life around and on the islands.
  • Access & Participation: Part of the Causeway will belong to Saint Lucians and Saint Lucians will be allowed access to beaches built along the Causeway.

The Government of Saint Lucia also hopes that the proposed Southern Causeway and overall the “Pearl of the Caribbean” will:

  • Bring attention to the unique features of Vieux Fort and the potential for further local and foreign investment.
  • Increase economic activity in the South through the creation of jobs and potential for the development of linkage companies and industries.
  • Provide opportunities for young school leavers to gain training in unique industries.
  • Bring international attention to the Maria Islands and the unique flora and fauna which currently exists, thereby making the islands the center of attraction for environmental and eco-system research.

The Government of Saint Lucia reiterates that it will operate within the laws of Saint Lucia and we are open to working with all agencies on ensuring that the “Pearl of the Caribbean” project is successful, not just in implementation, but in contributing to enhancing the current natural environment that we all treasure now and for generations to come.


  1. Joan
    April 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Liar liar pants on fire

    1. Karen
      April 13, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Who? Mr. Kenny Grynberg? Or Tony Rochamel?

      1. Anonymous
        April 15, 2017 at 8:54 am

        I thought Kenny was voted out for those very reasons. Stop focusing on the past and trying to justify today’s wrongs by the wrongs of yesterday. I was wrong then, is wrong now and will be wrong in the future.

      2. Anonymous
        April 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        voted out? The grynberg deal happened 16+ years ago, so saying that he was voted out because of it isn’t accurate.

  2. 666
    April 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm


  3. Patriotic
    April 13, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Yo Peh! Zot Peh! Now that the international Press start putting “pain in your basket” you’ll flip flopping like Trump.
    Like the lizard and racer jump in his pants and disappear…….and now start nibbling at sensitive areas. Reptile power not easy!

  4. Kent
    April 14, 2017 at 8:38 am

    St. Lucia has changed. There is now open dialogue on projects. For years politicians hid everything from the populace including Grynberg and Juffali . It will be hard for any future government to put that genie back in the bottle. Chastenet needs to engage honestly, openly and humbly with the nation and the Kenny Anthony trained autocratic champagne socialists in the SLP also need to take serious note.

    1. The Crow
      April 14, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Are you serious? The reason these guys are running like foxes being hunted is because Frederick let the cat out the sack. The DSH project was leaked . . . Chas and his bunch never told the public . . . it was secret! Further, remember the “buy back clause”? Yes, the same one they tried to deny . . . well, they (through the rep for Choiseul) admitted they didn’t read and are now concerned. Also, remember, they have never come out to tell the public about the “lack of investment” by the “Master Developer” and the total cost to the people of St. Lucia. I truly do not see transparency in this.

      In fact, the same case you build against Kenny, you can certainly build for Chas and his cohorts.

    2. 777
      April 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Kent, I fully agree with you, and furthermore, a permanent non-partisan and thoroughly independent watchdog agency has to be immediately established to safeguard the St Lucian people from ever being exploited again by criminal scam artists marauding round the Caribbean like old-time pirates searching for guileless victims for their next con game.

  5. The Crow
    April 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

    This is sooo ironic! All these studies and impact assessments should have been done long before the start of the project. Just saying government and the master developer are committed to conservation, we need to know how this will be done! I can assure y’all that building a causeway to Maria Island is not the way to start. And yeah, yeah, I know the drill . . . y’all will come out the woodwork and say, this is another SLP talking. But no, just step back and analyze the situation. Do you think, these people thought about the impact this will have on Helen?

  6. 758
    April 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The northern causeway doh belong to Lucians. Y’all forget Sandals and the gate? So why should a southern causeway to nowhere belong to us? Choops tan!!!

  7. Concerned person
    April 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    It was never going to happen it is just a distraction respect us please

  8. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm


  9. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    St lucians should ensure Josie and Chastanet and their causeway are as far away from the islets as can be possible. The causeway being too close to islets can affect the comfort and survival of animals there.

  10. TheSaintLuciaActivist
    April 14, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Saint Lucians must understand the consequences of choosing tourism as our number one source of revenue. It means lands will be sold out to foreign investors (and yes the price of land will increase and land-owners prefer to sell in US$ per square foot rather than E.C.). Even if it’s not DSH, ANY hotel or other project that is built in Saint Lucia will require land and concessions from the government. I don’t care what party you belong to this is besides the point.
    If you don’t want to focus on tourism then build up our manufacturing sector… Guess what, most likely in order for us to do that we will have to work on attracting foreign investors. There again, they will require land to build the facilities that will house them and concessions from the government.
    No matter how you look at it, this is the way of the world. To do any major project you need funds and lots of it. Unfortunately because of the size of our economy we do not have the capital to tackle such ventures on our own hence the reason for doing our best to attract foreign investments.
    We can’t just go on borrowing money to pay salaries, build roads etc. we can’t sustain this indefinitely.
    Our development requires sacrifices and sometimes, painful ones. There is a price to pay but the question is, “Are we willing to pay it?”

  11. 159753
    April 14, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Now that Chastanet has decided to go ahead with the DSH project everybody shouting “wolf”. Just a reminder, it didn’t land on his desk first but nothing was done about it then.

    1. The Crow
      April 14, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Get your head out of the sand my friend. It didn’t land on his desk first but he is the first idiot to rush to sign without reading the details. This is exactly how fools (Chas) act and this is exactly how fools (you) respond.

      1. Karen
        April 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

        Better for Chastenet to put it out and take his links than Dictator Kenny impose it on us without our knowledge like the Rochamel guarantee and the Grynberg treason.

      2. The Crow
        April 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

        Chastenet NEVER put it out! It was leaked! And this is the response of a fool my friend.

      3. LookIt
        April 18, 2017 at 9:11 am

        Leaked form Kenny’s desk…

  12. Lucianman101
    April 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    The close proximity of the causeway to the isles will still cause damage to the local ecosystem