SRDF Looking to Increase Regulation at Jetties

SRDF Looking to Increase Regulation at Jetties

Soufriere, St. Lucia – On December 1st, 2016, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) formalized the necessary framework (through the enhancement of essential services and renovation works) for the collection of docking fees in port Soufriere.

The refurbishment and logistical re-organizing of operations brought about rave reviews from the boating fraternity and significantly raised the appeal and profile of the Soufriere Waterfront.

However, contrary to the many interventions for the creation of a standardized and safe experience for visitors and boat operators, belligerent and often unruly behaviour from passengers on boat party excursions and the indiscriminate dumping of garbage on jetty facilities   have significantly challenged the desired normalcy of operations.

In an attempt to mitigate these occurrences the SRDF are working closely with boat tour operators to bring an immediate cessation to theses practices.

According to the Operations Manager of the SRDF, Mr. Franklin Solomon, “We need to work with the boat tour operators to ensure that their clients receive the best service at these facilities and in reciprocation there is a measure of decorum exercised by their clients when coming through the docks.”

The SRDF is slated to meet with all boating tour operators on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Tourism.

The Soufriere Foundation is a non-profit company located in Soufriere. Its mandate is to undertake social, cultural, human resource, tourism and infrastructure development in the Soufriere area.  

The organization which was established in 1993 generates revenues from its operational sites: the Sulphur Springs Park, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Comfort Center, Soufriere jetties and 88.5 Soufriere FM.

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  1. Calvin
    April 22, 2017 at 12:33 am Reply

    “…the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) formalized the necessary framework (through the enhancement of essential services and renovation works) for the collection of docking fees in port Soufriere.”
    — For the purposes of transparency, there must be a very clear decortication made between the purposes of Regulations and the goal of revenue generation. The two are, often, mutually exclusive. In this case, an articulation of the linkage is plainly missing.

    “…belligerent and often unruly behaviour from passengers on boat party excursions and the indiscriminate dumping of garbage on jetty facilities have significantly challenged the desired normalcy of operations.”
    — Regulations, per se, are not enacted simply as a stand-alone regulatory instrument.
    — Regulations provide the legislative backstop and enforcement mechanism as only one part of an overall program that includes a precise definition of the problems, stakeholder consultation, an analysis of risk assessment and management options (that includes both statutory regulatory options as well as simpler non-intrusive, non-regulatory (less bureaucratic!) options such as awareness building with the industry, an agreed upon code of practice, and so on.
    — Should the “floating cookie sheets” that are the catamarans and other boats doing day trips to ports such as Soufriere have unruly passengers, the onus is one the operators of the excursions to manage their passengers accordingly, be it with appreciable monetary deterrents or other measures, given that they are doing the transportation and realizing the financial gain. It is not the role of the RSLPF to serve as mopping up for the sloppy trash drunken clients that the excursions let happen. Our resources are finite, and we do not have the fiscal headroom to babysit drunks on excursions.
    — One solution might be, as done in other jurisdictions, to place the onus on the operators by requiring that they hire pay-duty members (uniformed, overtime paid by the operator through the GOSL) of the RSLPF to staff high-risk areas of client stupidity. Presence of uniforms works very well as a deterrence to juiced-up tourists afraid of missing their next cruise ship or their next proverbial ‘cattle call’ for a trip back for their supper at their all-inclusive.

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