Mayor’s Office denies plans for hotel at Choc cemetery

Mayor’s Office denies plans for hotel at Choc cemetery

The office of Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has flatly denied reports that the the Mayor has proposed that a hotel be built at the location of the Choc cemetery.

“That is absolutely incorrect,” Press and Communications Manager, Jason Hullingseed, told the Times in relation to the reports that have been circulating via WhatsApp.

Hullingseed recalled that the Mayor, while on an official visit to New York recently, visited a cemetery where officials there outlined the operations of the facility.

He explained that the Mayor and his delegation observed ways in which Saint Lucia can improve its own services to the public.

“At the Choc cemetery we are virtually out of space,” Hullingseed explained.

He told the Times that the Mayor’s initial plan was to extend the cemetery to facilitate about 400 additional tombs.

However Hullingseed said the Mayor felt  that the  money for the extension could fund a new cemetery.

“We spoke to a few ministry officials who stated that feasibility reports were done on a new cemetery in the area of Deglos, so instead of spending a chunk of money to increase the number of tombs at Choc cemetery it is better that the cash be spent on the new cemetery,” the Communications Manager stated.

Hullingseed said the intention of the Mayor is to implement in Saint Lucia the cemetery management model he saw in New York,  so that cemetery services here will be enhanced to include a chapel  and a crematorium on the site.

“But as far as getting rid of the Choc cemetery to build a hotel on the site, that is absolutely false,” he declared.

21 Comments

  1. Christine D
    July 26, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    Please put funds into a new cemetary, Choc is not suitable so close to the sea its prone to erosion.

  2. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

    we probably need to be cremating rather burial, this is much more sanitary and doesn’t need real estate

    1. Anonymous
      July 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

      True. The problem is, however, culturally it’s not generally accepted. That has to change.

      1. Anonymous
        July 26, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

        And very expensive. People can adapt.

        1. Anonymous
          August 2, 2017 at 10:28 am Reply

          Cremation is cheaper on a whole than burial, ask Rambally ?

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Seriously a hotel by the cemetery not good at all

  4. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

    why not “””welcome to hotel Rest Corpse Forever, we will be the only hotel that provide you with cemetery sea view.

    1. Anonymous
      July 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

      You think they don’t know that’s not true.ro ro they want so they spreading rumors.and they know Lucians so stupid to believe.not me dey fooling

  5. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Who will live in a cemetery hotel? Dracula?

    1. Anonymous
      July 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

      Theyknow that’s not true.ro to they want.thats why they spreading rumours some stupid lucians believe that but not me because I know how they operate

    2. Anonymous
      July 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

      Lol lol was especting to read a comment like that lol dracula

    3. Anonymous
      July 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm Reply

      Was especting to rwas a comment like that one draculla

  6. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

    You think they don’t know that’s not true.ro ro they want so they spreading rumors.and they know Lucians so stupid to believe.not me dey fooling

  7. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Uwp is working even coco can see that

  8. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    close it down together with the airport . Let’s replace them with some skyrise and bus terminal. I already got the drawings just like DHS looney!!

  9. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Lolll, o my God father help us

  10. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

    Chastanet and his bunch of baboons are crazy

  11. Calvin
    July 27, 2017 at 4:25 am Reply

    It’s hard to understand why this is news, it’s been an open secret for a decade. With the upgrading of UVF (Hewanorra) there will be no need for SLU (GFL Charles airport) and the whole area will be massively re-developed.

    Word is that Royalton will be one of the players.

  12. sharon terrell
    July 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    I have yet to understand why would any sane human being think it is indeed suitable to put a cemetery near a beach,so damn close.And people tell me they bathe their.Them and the dead spirits bathing together.Move the cenetary, the living and the dead should not bathe together.Not Kosher.

  13. Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Sometimes when I read the comments it almost appears like we are uneducated.
    We take every opportunity to focus on the rumor rather than the facts. For example, it was core today that he never said that and what he said was shown. But ppl choose to focus on that.
    We take every opportunity to push politics. Someone stated that it’s chasnet and his baboons.
    Come on people let’s have more constructive discussions. Focus on the point and stop trying to drag every headline to the gutter.

    I lift st lucia in prayer, those responsible for making decisions that will affect st lucia in whatever way that God will give them the discernment to make the best decisions to move our country forward.
    Thank you

  14. Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Hey heyyyyyy..St lucia is curse with a curse

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