Hyatt case pushed back until May 9

It is back to court on May 9 for attorney-at-law David Comissiong, legal representatives for Government and the developers of the now stalled Hyatt Centric Project.

This morning the controversial project was hit by another legal snag, as a decision was made in the High Court to delay consideration of a crippling interim order filed by Comissiong, whose legal challenge has essentially brought the multi-million construction at Bay Street, St Michael to a screeching halt.

When the matter came up before Justice Randall Worrell in the Number 9 Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides, including Deputy Solicitor General Donna Brathwaite, who is representing Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, agreed to postpone hearings on the interim order until May 9 when the substantive court case is due to be heard by Madame Justice Sonia Richards.

Comissiong made the disclosure to reporters on the steps of the courthouse after this morning’s brief court session.

Attorney David Comissiong leaving court with his colleague Bobby Clarke today.

It was on March 22 that Comissiong had secured an injunction immediately suspending the permission granted by Stuart in his capacity as minister responsible for Town & Country Planning for construction of the 15-storey hotel until the matter is heard by the court. Comissiong is challenging Government’s decision not to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the multi-million dollar beachfront development. The attorney had also argued that Stuart had relied on an outdated Physical Development Plan, even though Section 11(1) of the Town & Country Planning Act stipulates that the plan, which is now 14 years old, must be updated every five years. He also took issue with the 15-storey elevation, pointing out that the maximum height allowed for beachfront hotels was five-storeys, compared to the seven storeys for non-beachfront tourist accommodation.

However, the US$100 million hotel development is a vital peg in Government’s economic recovery programme and with each day that the project remains stalled officials say it only serves to worsen the island’s economic situation.

13 Responses to Hyatt case pushed back until May 9

  1. Carson C. Cadogan April 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    A real nuisance, anti investment individual.

  2. Bobo April 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Commissiong a staunch Communists- who have been and continued to be anything Americana, I am sure if Hyatt contract was sign by Putin, Commissiong would welcome the contract.

    People of Barbados the country don’t belong to few rattles snakes such as Commissiong and Co, the Bridgetown project is absolutely wonderful as along as all requirements are in place such as receding water-Time to move on.

    • Sherlock Holmes. April 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Or by Nicolas Maduro, this man is an attention seeker the sad thing is he moots himself as a real black man.

    • h.callender April 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      @Carson, Bobo and others, please tell me, is the Hyatt going to be a gold mine for Barbados? what will become of the others. Listening to Parliament today, it was said that buildings go in Barbados and no one knows what it is for and who is responsible, I`ve seen buildings under construction with all the information posted, phone numbers for any safety violations, the contractors so why barbados has to hide everything, is it another N. Korea? Comissiong seems to be the only one standing up for the people eg. Cahill, fingering printing are a few. The people of barbados ever heard that “those who give up freedom in order to gain security, deserve neither”.

  3. Nathaniel Samuels April 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Neither does the country belong to individuals like Stuart who can decide that a hotel can be built anywhere without due consideration for the environment. Commissiong is what one would have to call ‘a check and balance’ since there could possibly be problems if the hotel is constructed without said checks and balances.
    Mind you, I am for the hotel and further development of the city Bridgetown but please let us do the things right and the right things.

    • Andrew Jordan April 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Agreed with all you said. I hope they do ALL they are suppose to do an hopefully get it right so employment can be found for those who need it

  4. Milli Watt April 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    this is what i talking bout……..Bobby Clarke making his presence felt on the jurisprudential landscape of the island. David don’t mind de mongrels for haters GIVE DEM HELL!!!!!!!!!

  5. Walter Prescod April 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Why is it that the ones who wants to profit from this, are the ones throwing stones, and have sold their souls to the devil. David has the rights to do what he’s doing. Here we have educated fools who dare not use their real name, and calling David names, becareful it could comeback to haunt you.

    • Jennifer April 26, 2017 at 3:14 am

      @Walter Prescod – That is because those people are either part of the 1% club or at the very bottom unemployed and thirsty. We have a serious very serious problem with civil obedience. That nothing should be challenged, just be like zombies with outstretch arms following. Sick. And a puppet government going the opposite direction.

  6. Kevin April 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    In an effort to hurt the government, certain people are going to end up hurting this country for years to come.

  7. sticks and stones April 25, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    the Communist sympathizer David Comissiong using Democratic laws to destroy the economic future of Barbados. Hope the court come May will give him the black eye he deserves

  8. Samantha Best April 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Where was Commissiong when Bushy Park was being developed? Decisions taken by the then Prime Minister Owen Arthur without referring the matter to Cabinet! No environmental impact assessment was done. Where was he? He knew he could not cross the path of Mr. Arthur! Mr. Arthur had the mandate from the people to make decisions on their behalf and he did that. He faced the music after. He had no time to waste. The big boys involved would also stop Commissiong’s behind the scene funding if he had gotten in their way to block Bushy Park.

    Commissiong just cannot get pass how he was treated by the Dems. He needs to grow up and move on. Why is the City’s representative so quiet now? He gave his whole hearted to the project from day one because he felt it would be beneficial to his constituents. Now he is under a gag order. Shameful!

  9. Sheron Inniss April 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I backing Mr C. I have lived through the changes on the west coast and they are not pretty. A relative was telling us about their sea egg days of harvesting just off Lone Star at no cost. I remember getting nuff hot candle grease on the bottom of my feet for those same sea egg spines. Show me the sea eggs and the coral reefs and I will show you the kitchen garden that is now sand and beach chairs on my grandmother’s property. Oh and the owners of the beach chairs don’t pay no rent to my relatives who still own the property. David I am with you all the way. Stop selling the silver for a mess of pottage. That is what I want this government to do.


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