Construction of Marina at Spice Isle worries environmentalists there ? Govt reaction? You are harassing Investors
Grenadian Leader Dr Keith Mitchell accused members of a civic group, protesting about the Port Louis Marina, host of a regatta there soon, also a major tourism project there, of harassing the investors behind the initiative.
“Harassment of an investor can have negative long term impacts; we cannot on one side of our mouths say we want jobs and when the investor is here we condemn the investor on the other side of our mouths by harassing them,” said the prime minister, while making a passionate plea for members of the group to think about the long-term implications of their actions.
Addressing a ceremony to launch the EC$300 million tourism project on the southwest side of the island which is the concept of British billionaire Peter DeSavary now sold to yachting conglomerate Camper-Nicholson, Mitchell said issues and concerns about projects should be solved in a less confrontational manner.
“Protest action sends the wrong message to present and future investors and this in turn can result in the island losing some of its projects,” he said.
In recent months, Citizens for the Defence and Protection of Grenada Lands and Heritage – a community based organisation – has been expressing concerns about the Port Louis Marina and Hotel development project which involves reclaiming lands in protected areas.
The group has been staging street demonstrations about the environmental implications of dredging and land reclamation to accommodate the 140 condominiums on 40 acres of island’s southwest side.
“We have to treat our visitors as people, they have come here to invest and we have to be mindful that they are in the business for profits, but at the same time we have to ensure that the action they take and the action we take in showing concerns do not send the wrong message. Peace and stability are always important for the development and growth of the island,” he added.