No Hyatt decision

Stuart still looking at controversial hotel project

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has broken his silence on the proposed 15-storey Hyatt Centric Resort Hotel earmarked for Bay Street, The City, but said little about his decision on the controversial project.

Stuart told journalists Monday afternoon that the matter was now before him for a decision on an appeal made by the developers, presumably regarding the conditions which Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins has stipulated before construction can begin on the 237-room resort on almost three acres of waterfront along Carlisle Bay.

General Secretary of the NUPW Roslyn Smith (left) in discussion with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
General Secretary of the NUPW Roslyn Smith (left) in discussion with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Speaking at the end of an eight-hour meeting of the full Social Partnership at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, the Prime Minister made it clear that the issue had to take its course as a procedural matter.

He emphasized that it would be inappropriate for him to give details of the recommendations made or the appeal, considering he would be the same person adjudicating the case.

Stuart said the final decision would be known in due course.

Developer Mark Maloney has declined to comment on the status of the project, while the Chief Town Planner has contended that it was out of his hands and it was up to the Prime Minister to decide.

Social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong has threatened to take legal action if a thorough environmental impact assessment was not undertaken before the project could begin.

10 Responses to No Hyatt decision

  1. John Strutton
    John Strutton September 20, 2016 at 2:40 am

    One of Bridgetown’s (and Bim’s) abiding beauties is the relatively low number of high-rise buildings blotting out the skyline. Please don’t turn our beautiful island into a Caribbean replica of Miami…..

  2. Allan Keeler
    Allan Keeler September 20, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Years ago you could not build higher than the trees but now getting higher all the time so ok if on beach but then houses behind loose view and sea breeze too keep cool

  3. Phil September 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I dare say, and I am sure I am 100% correct, that if this Hyatt project was to be implemented under a Tom Adams or Errol Barrow led administration, Not one detractor in the likes of Mark Williams and David Comissiong could have or would stood in the way. Now we have to wait on Funkey Donkey to make a decision.

    • Mark My Word September 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Dr. Phil you can go ahead and make the decision.

  4. eddy murray September 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Phil those dead men tell no tails or carried no weight any more.

  5. Donild Trimp September 20, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Building the Hyatt on the Carlisle Bay waterfront is a mistake. Big mistake.

    A better option would be over the street with walkovers to the beachfront, leaving the pristine beachfront available and accessible to all Barbadians.

  6. Tony Webster September 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Drowning men have been known to both gasp, and to grasp, at passing straws….and politics maketh really strange bed-fellows.
    If those gathering on mount Olympus have strength sufficient, such might also raise a prayer of thanks to the Gods who dictate timing, and chance.
    Sufficient is a feast unto itself. Yes? No?

  7. Alex Alleyne September 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    The powers on the side line just making sure that there is no progress for BIM under this government. What next in line that will be shot down? . Oh yes, water issue still burning fresh on our mind.

  8. Phil September 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    eddy murray. You don’t make any sense. I said If Hyatt were to be done under their administration. which means when they were alive. or at a time when they were in charge.

  9. The Negrocrat September 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Alex Alleyne, you sound like a political clown.


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