Inniss raises Hyatt race card

A Government minister last night suggested that race was at play in the current controversy surrounding the Hyatt Centric Resort to be built on Lower Bay Street, The City.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss yesterday led a broadside against a number of unnamed individuals who he said “pop their head up every now and then particularly when there are projects involving Caucasians and say that this project must not be done”.

Inniss also had some choice words for social activist David Comissiong who has threatened to go to court to prevent the multi-million dollar project from getting off the ground unless an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is carried out.

He told a joint meeting of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) St James Central, St James South, St Michael North and St Michael North East branches that Comissiong’s opposition was unfounded.

“The Chief Town Planner today is the same Chief Town Planner that was in office ten or 15 years ago, the same senior planners have been around for years through BLP [Barbados Labour Party] or DLP [Democratic Labour Party] rule and they are professionals. They are the same individuals who made decisions for projects along the coastline but all of a sudden these individuals are not bright in the eyes of Comissiong,” Inniss told the gathering at the St James South constituency office in Wanstead Terrace, St James.

Inniss said Comissiong should come clean about his hidden biases, while questioning whether the attorney-at-law had ever created any jobs of note here.

“My position is simple. The individuals who are looking for work in construction should all get up tomorrow and go by David Comissiong’s office and ask him why is he stopping them from getting work and ask him what is his alternative. This is not an issue about the beach and EIA study . . . I don’t know David Comissiong to have provided two jobs in this country but David Comissiong always seeks to find five minutes of fame and sometimes without thinking through clearly,” the minister charged.

Stating that an EIA was not necessary under the Town & Country Planning Act, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart recently gave the go-ahead for commencement of the US100 million, 15-storey hotel, which the Barbados National Trust has also opposed on the grounds that it could lead to Bridgetown losing its UNESCO World Heritage designation.

15 Responses to Inniss raises Hyatt race card

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 21, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Political diversion tactic #17. What a smart man …SMH

  2. hcalndre February 21, 2017 at 2:59 am

    @The Don: Comissiong don`t have to provide jobs, Comissiong is there to keep you`ll on your toes, you the elected officials cut thousand of jobs when you should be providing jobs and then refuse to pay the workers their due. You`ll are in such a quandary that you will accept anything once you believe that it will bring cash to the country even if it is detrimental to the health of the people, eg. “Cahill project.” Fifteen years ago, sand did not form a blockade at the entrance of the careenage, years ago there were reefs along that beach and now there is none to be found so in 15 years, you`re telling the public nothing has change. Next year the people is looking for a big change. For 9 years you`ll did not give a hoot about jobs for the people, and now there are no more turns, jobs will come like rain. Be careful of the promises.

  3. Hal Austin February 21, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Buffoon Inniss and the grossly unprofessional Barbados Today. Stop turning the paper in to a propaganda machine for this fool. It is bad journalism.

  4. Jennifer February 21, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Comissiong may be the only here with common sense. Blasted baffoons and coons.

  5. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler February 21, 2017 at 9:25 am

    That didn’t take long did it

  6. Whitehill February 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Of course Inniss does not see race now, wait until he’s in the opposition hustling votes from the black majority. See how quick he will be then to acknowledge how the small minority whites here are given everything by the present administration.
    Uncle tom.

  7. William February 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Well said Mr.Inniss

  8. Helicopter(8P) February 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Lets look at the situation this way! Barbados has been around long before the World Heritage designation was implemented and will exist beyond political intervention. They are waivers that can be dispensed to the the town planners for the edification of a location for the benefit of enhancing dilapidated or decaying structures which is delivered in manuscript and written in plaque on the said site. The historical photographs of the said location can be implemented into the landscape or placed in an art gallery where when entering the edifice can be displayed for the benefit of world travelers.

  9. Greengiant February 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Bridgetown was awarded the UNESCO World heritage insignia deu to its Architectural heritage. A project like the Hyatt hotel can serve to maintain that insinia with external designs and finishes that are similar to traditional buildings in the city.

    Once the heritage of buildings are not affected by this new imposing structure I believe all will be well for historic Bridgetown and it’s Garrison.

  10. ATPLH February 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Helicopter(8P)? that’s funny. You must be one of 6, no, 5 people.

  11. Bobo February 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Green Giant have the moderation

  12. L King February 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    As one who had studied the role of UNESCO and its charters and can say that Barbados could well lose their heritage status that is a strong possibility too.

  13. L King February 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    @Greengiant – your wrong

  14. Ricci Khan February 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    It is amazing that the same Bajans who constantly criticize this present Government for what they perceive as failures in the past nine years do not welcome any projects which will bring much needed foreign exchange into our Island and provide necessary jobs. They would have preferred the Hyatt, Sam Lords, Sandals, Four Seasons and Beaches projects to have occurred between 1994 to 2008. They also tend to forget major financial catastrophes that occurred during that period like the U.S. Dollar Jail, the Dry Weather Airport, The Daylight Only Kensington. Oval, the Rope-Swing Cave and the Multimillion Hole in the Ground in St Andrew.

  15. Jus me February 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Who gives one damn about UNESCO.
    Go down town and talk to some tourists.
    Bridgetown is dirty scruffy joke.
    All that there is to look at is whats left to we by redmen.


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