The Chairman of the Green Party Andre Deciares has spoken against the controversial DSH project.
Mr. Descaires has described the proposed project as “pie in the sky” adding that it does not conform to the green and natural tourism product that St Lucia is known for.
“St Lucia simply beautiful, it’s natural. To go and do this Dubai sort of development down south? No,” Decaires stated.
He added: “I’m not totally against the DSH development but the way that it stands now is totally outrageous and we’re totally opposed to that sort of development,” he said.
The USD$2.6 billion Pearl of the Caribbean development is expected to occupy some 700 acres of land in Vieux Fort.
Authorities say the project will comprise a marina, a racecourse, a resort and shopping mall complex, casino, Free Trade Zone, extensive entertainment and leisure facilities, eco-tourism as well as architecturally designed villas and apartments
The initiative, thought to be the largest development project in the history of St Lucia, has also been strongly criticised by the main opposition, St Lucia Labour Party.
The SLP has said it’s opposed to the deal in its current form.
The Green party Chairman said while he believes the island needs more development south of the Barre D’isle, the currently negotiated DSH deal is not the answer.
“We definitely need to develop south of the Barre D’isle so that these people (residents in the south) could have an opportunity for social upward mobility but what they’re presenting, the DSH, is completely ludicrous at this time,” Decaires said.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that the project is still in the planning stages and that an agreement has been signed only for the horse-race track.