Asserting that the safety and security of locals and visitors in the City of Castries are his priorities, Mayor Peterson Francis has called on citizens to play their part in the fight against crime.
Francis spoke against the backdrop of an attack Saturday in Castries on a Canadian couple who were visiting Saint Lucia for the first time.
The Mayor said he sympathized with the tourists whom he disclosed had mistakenly ventured up Darling Road looking for a museum.
But he lamented that Saint Lucians appear not to want to play their part in the society.
“I have done it all the time. If I am driving up the Calvary – I am coming down the Darling and I see certain tourists walking up, I stop to inquire where they are going. Do they know where they are going? I tell them: ‘ No, come back.’ There are times I take them back myself in my vehicle to town,” the Castries Mayor told St Lucia Times.
“We hope these things will stop because we are now putting (in place) what we call the City Tours. We want it to be organised so people will be able to go to different places – even people who want to shop and go to certain areas, so we will have these things,” he explained.
Francis also said what bothers him is that there are periods of calm ‘for so long’ yet no one speaks about it.
“We just had a meeting with the cruise ships. We just had a meeting at Bay Gardens and they complimented us about the fantastic job we are doing as far as the tourists are concerned,” the Mayor observed.
“Sometimes I believe people look at Saint Lucia as the Garden of Eden. In other words, nothing must happen in this country. I am not condoning crime. But why don’t we concentrate on the positive? We have months – nothing is happening. We had a whole year where the cruise ships, all the people were happy; we did not have one incident – nothing reported. We did not dwell on that and try to build up our tourism industry,” he lamented.
“But we are quick to now dwell on these negatives,” the Castries Mayor declared.