Bring it on
Sealy stands behind Hyatt on Bay Street
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is hitting back at critics of the decision to build the multi-million dollar Hyatt Hotel on Bay Street, The City.
In his contribution earlier this evening to the debate on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Sealy defended the international hotel chain, which he said would enhance the island’s tourism product while generating employment.
In fact, Sealy said he was one the biggest supporter of the 237-room Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay, which will be situated on almost three acres of waterfront next to Liquidation Centre and opposite Bethel Methodist Church.
“I know the Member for the City [Jeffrey Bostic] doesn’t agree with that [opposition to the hotel]; he is the biggest supporter of Hyatt and I am the second biggest supporter. I am all for jobs, I am all for tourism coming to the people of St Michael.
“This idea that people of St Michael, in my constituency, in the Honourable Member for the City constituency, in the Prime Minister’s constituency, we are not good enough for tourism and I don’t understand that,” Sealy said.
Social activist David Comissiong has publicly protested against the construction of the hotel on Brownes Beach and has written to Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins demanding that the application for Town and Country Planning permission to construct the proposed 15-story property be subjected to “a most rigorous and comprehensive” environmental impact and assessment procedure, including a social impact assessment study.
“The people of Christ Church can handle tourism, the people for St James can handle tourism, but somehow don’t bring a hotel in St Michael because apparently we don’t know how to behave. It is foolishness. We want a piece of that action and we are going to get it,” the minister declared.