Tread carefully on Hyatt, warns Comissiong

The Freundel Stuart administration has been warned not to make another wrong move with regards to the controversial Hyatt Centric project.

Attorney-at-law and social activist David Comissiong, who is already challenging Government’s decision to give planning permission for the project, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the Stuart administration must be prepared to face further consequences if the developers are allowed to proceed with the construction before a judicial ruling is made.

“One would have expected that as soon as the application challenging the permission was made in court, a responsible and careful Government would have even temporarily suspended the grant of permission,” Comissiong said, while warning that “if Government does not suspend [construction], it runs the risk that the developer can expend money in beginning construction, only to find, six months down the road, that the court says that the permission to construct was not properly granted and is terminated, thereby leaving the developer with a loss.”

Comissiong’s stern warning came amid reports that work was being carried out at the site of the proposed US$100 million development on Bay Street, The City.

Today, workmen were busy spreading construction material at the site, which formerly served as the base for the local Harbour Police.

It was the first sign of construction work since Comissiong filed his crippling interim order on March 22, essentially bringing the multi-million construction to a screeching halt.

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The attorney had also argued that Stuart, who is the minister responsible for Town & Country Planning, had relied on an outdated Physical Development Plan, even though Section 11(1) of the Town & Country Planning Act stipulates that the plan, which is now 14 years old, must be updated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.

When contacted today, Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins sought to point out that it was not a requirement that all conditions be satisfied, before a development could proceed.

“Hyatt has 57 conditions. So I would recommend that you look at the conditions, because planning permission is granted subject to conditions. But it is not every condition that has to be discharged prior to the commencement of any work.

“That statement is a general statement, that is not specific to Hyatt, because that works for Hyatt and that works for ‘Joe Blow’,” Cummins told Barbados TODAY.

However, when asked about the recent court ruling issued in relation to Hyatt, Cummins replied: “I can’t speak to the court aspect of it, I could speak to the other aspect which I just discussed.”

In a subsequent release sent to Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay Barbados, the company behind the project, said members of the public will be given an opportunity to have their say on the controversial development, when a team from the firm makes itself available on Saturday morning at the site.

The release said the two-hour interactive session runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and will allow residents and other interested parties to learn more about the project and to see first-hand the architects’ designs and renderings.

Noting that such an event was always on the cards, spokesman James Edghill said the team was looking forward to working with the community on the venture.

He pointed out that, along with bringing back jobs to Bridgetown, the resort will help to jumpstart efforts to revitalize the City.

“The resort will be fully accessible and on Saturday, members of the public will learn about special features that will cater specifically to them,” he added.

44 Responses to Tread carefully on Hyatt, warns Comissiong

  1. sticks and stones June 7, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Comissiong GO AWAY you have no prescription for remedy. Your idea of progress is to stand in the WAY just go away

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  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

    The fix is in plain and simple, Comissiong fighting a good but losing battle the powers to be including court ain’t gine listen.By the way why not invite residents in initial planning is that not how it works not after everything has been approve and court challenge by citizen.Backwards Barbados on display once again.

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  3. hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    sticks and stones, its people like you that that makes Barbados looks stupid in the eyes of sensible people, what you call progress is because the PM say, build a Hyatt and that will take Barbados out of the debt hole. Say 10 years after the hotel is erected and it falls down, guests and workers are injured, its then that Barbados would have to deal with the lawyers from outside. It would not be like the family in Britain Hill where their home fell into a cave or the ladies that lost their lives in the fire on Tudor Street because of no fire exit, I don`t know if their families got compensated as yet or any one went to jail.

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  4. Frank White June 7, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Why is it that when someone comes to set the record straight, that certain individuals lose their thinking cap… Brother Comissiong is on the right track and as the above author penned, what happen it falls?? Then what?? Barbadians are allowing a desperate group of elected ministers who are only looking out for their own craw to influence them not to think… We all know that in the past, Maloney continued to build although he was given the order to cease and desist and with someone as arrogant as Maloney, expect problems to arise…

    Barbadians don’t be so quick to sell your birthright for a temporary job…

    Keep on keeping on brother comissiong…

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  5. Yami June 7, 2017 at 7:36 am

    hcalndre, I totally agree with you. Every new scheme and hotel is supposed to provide all the prospierty yet nothing improves for the majority of bajans. In barbados Progress seems to be measured by how many foreign investors they can get and not the well being of the local people…..

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  6. MR SPICY® June 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

    @Sticks and stones, The site is not big enough to build a 15 floor building full stop. You will need at least 3 or more floors just for parking.

    Mr. Comissiong is right and I support him 101%

    Any strong or high wind will blow that building down and it will kill and injure many people in and around that area.

    Yes build a hotel but certainly NOT 15 floors!!!!

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  7. Alex Alleyne June 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    STICKS & STONES, I am with you on this one , This man is a “Humbug” ,……… will you please go away ?.

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  8. Walter Prescod June 7, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I knew that we had f$$ls on the rock, but, it’s a shame that we have people who put money before commonsence. ”I could have seved more but, they never knew they were slaves”.

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  9. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson June 7, 2017 at 8:23 am

    This gov and the developer in question act like laws don’t apply to them

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  10. Ras June 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

    One way ticket to Venezuela or Cuba for Comissiong…
    Man lef thee place do
    Humbug
    Loser
    Attention Seeker

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    • Carson C Cadogan June 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Well said.

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  11. Peter June 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

    hcalndre and Frank White. Neither of you can see further than your nose. Both of you are predicting failure of this project. It will fall writes both of you. How do you know it will fall? Unless you plan to sabotage it in some explosive way. You have NOT given thought to the positive and progressive side of it. Protest action is David Comissiong’s only way to visibility and popularity irrespective of how ignorantly insipid his pronouncements are. One cannot fault Mark Maloney for being a shrewd businessman. He went fishing, and he casted his line with his bait. He caught his prize fish catch. This reflects the size of the fish’s brain. It’s all in the game of politics. and political lobbying is the key element. While this venture will not singlehandedly deliver Barbados’ economy, It can serve as a vital catalyst or the ground Zero of Barbados’ recovery. Visualize this. That entire area from Fairchild Street to Jemmot’s Lane, and from Bay Street to river Road to the base of Collymore Rock. with tremendous shopping facilities, Nelson Street transformed into an avenue brick stone type shopping thoroughfare where small businesses such as bars, craftware and even minor one door entertainment, a la jazz, steel pan, piano bars, watering holes and sweet Bajan foods et al, All this will attract future investments especially in our tourism sector. Travel and you will see for yourselves. Greenwich village and Midtown Manhattan in NYC, about six areas in London including just off London Bridge and Soho district, New Orleans, Areas in St. Maarten, Oranjstaad in Aruba and curacao, and many more all around the world, showcasing their cultures and foods. Think, people, THINK! … The Empire Theatre transformed into Barbados’ Wax Museum. The former BNB next to the fire station converted into a 100 room business class City hotel Owned by the UWI who were given that property by government. They can use it as a practical hotel internship training center for all areas of the hotel industry from bell Hops to Managers from cooks to professional beverage mixers. Gosh man, I’m going wild thinking of this success.

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    • hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Ras, you probably don`t know so you`ll be excused for your dumb statement, Venezuela is on of the countries the bajans seek employment when there was only sugar canes and pond grass to cut in Barbados.

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      • Ras June 7, 2017 at 6:35 pm

        Hot head calindre so was Cuba, that is where my grandfather made his fortune and I inherited all 10 acres of his land.
        Jah bless Cuba

        larga vida a la revolución

        Castro era un gran hombre

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        • hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

          Ras, I know of Cuba and Guyana (BG) too.

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    • hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      @Peter. what a dream? you must have slept on a Beautyrest only thing is missing from your dream is that you did not mention is how many angels you were partying with. All those things you saw in your dream, even the Empire Theatre that is in a lapidated state for years, you will bring back to life, go back to sleep, have another nightmare and let me know what you dreamt.

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  12. Carson C Cadogan June 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

    You are an idiot.

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  13. Jerry June 7, 2017 at 9:02 am

    See the big picture.The Hyatt delay, The Sale of the Oil Company delay almost caused the devaluation of the Barbados Dollar which is probably at best worth 10 cents to the US$ .leaving the Government no option but to inflict severe pain on every Bajan in the recent budget. Prices on everything will increase 17 to 20 percent. The economy will contract, people will loose their jobs and their homes.Regardless of who wins the next election the pain at best will last at least 2 years or maybe even longer. The only thing we have going for us is to grow Tourism at all costs ..Sugar is dead and just needs burying. The offshore (mainly Canadian Companies) is under severe attack by the Canadian Government.

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  14. Ms. Agreement June 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Somehow, this time I agree with David. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. I could not build a 6 ft wall around my house because TCP dept would send someone to know it down. I am having plenty difficulty with what seems like helping the economy, a few temporary job. Managers that abuse locals with their poor management skills. Foreign exchange leaving the country – which they are trying to discourage – concessions for these projects – depleting of the shoreline – beaches that locals have to climb over rocks in order to access them – in my opinion David is right, if there are requirements, then all of them need to be met before proceeding. If he loses the case, then so be, but he would go to his grave satisfied that ‘he has fought a good fight’.

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  15. Mack June 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Mr Comission!! Thanks for being the voice of the voiceless. In Barbados it is all about the money and money people in Barbados can buy anything including the decision makers. I already know the outcome

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  16. Worried June 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Wait how long do we have to wait to see the comment posted?

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  17. Don June 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Its time bajans followed suit and invest too and move forward with world ,no government can make everything perfect but only we black sit around looking for handouts stop complaining about everything either you invest or stop complaining about the white man Maloney ain’t doing nothing you’ll can’t do put your money where your mouth and lobby government too that’s the only way life is about growing elevate your self

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  18. Alex Alleyne June 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I think the only building got his blessings is DODDS.

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  19. Frank White June 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Well said Walter Prescod and I wonder how a man that wants to ensure that the safety of the population is paramount, is an idiot?? For you Carson, it’s just about jobs so that the masses would have work and this, by your party’s judgement, would guarantee a safe win in the next election so it’s not about the people… These elected ministers kick the can down the road and now that they have a delay in selling an asset to top up the reserves that they allowed to fall, is someone else’s fault?? gimme a break do…

    No one is wishing that any structure or structures should fall but as the old people would say, make sure better than cock sure…

    I’m with brother Comissiong all the way as he has the right, just like you, to challenge what he sees as unjust…

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    • Ras June 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Frankie how about you challenge why so many millions were spent down Greenland and gone in people pocket and no landfill to show, nobody gone prison.

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  20. Milli Watt June 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    well done David well done!!!!!!!!! make sure they don’t spend a cent on this project.

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  21. Tony Waterman June 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I Go back and has been going back Home to Barbados eversince i Got here, and over the Years, i have noticed the erosion of The Locals Right to access some of our Best Beaches, this has happened down the West Coast of Barbados where a Foreign WHITE Owner has Chained the Only Entrance to the Beach in that area, Moving up to the South west of the Island, i go regularly to Browns Beach, as Brandons has been RUINED by the Move there by The Barbados Light and Power Company (Emera) anyhow, at Browns Beach, on days that a or Tourists Boats are in Dock the Owner of the Popular Br and Night Club there Puts all of his Beach Chairs out, leaving precious little of the Beach for Locals to Enjoy their Beach (Birthright).
    So if anyone in Barbados, really Thinks that Hyatt will be any Boon to Barbados, Think again, because those Companies have a way of getting around Paying the Proper Tax to the Jurisdiction they are in, and we already know how good the Government of Barbados is when it comes to collecting Debts owed to them.
    So!!! Laugh at Mr. Comissiong now, but remember “He who Laughs Last, Laughs best”
    Mark Malone in all probability WILL Succeed, because of his Attachment to the Powers that be, but his DISDAIN for the Laws of Barbados should be noted by all Barbadians.
    Like Jimmf Cliff said in his Song “Time alone will Tell”

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  22. Tony Waterman June 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    BTW!!!! I forgot to Mention that i am NOT the Greatest Fan of David Comissiong, or ANY of the Political Parties in Barbados, but he does have a VALID Point, and ALL Bajans SHOULS at least have a look at what he is saying, because WHEN the project is completed “Too late shall be your Cry”

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  23. Cavil Best June 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    David Commissiong is a human being and definitely a really nice and decent guy compared to some others but he has to do what he believes he is compelled to do but tourism is our business.

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  24. sticks and stones June 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    What de hell does Commissiong knows about the economic value and benefits Tourism projects has on an economy.
    Hyatt is a worlwide renowned brand establishing and building hotels all over the world.
    Why would Hyatt want to subject its brand to a cause of breaking enviromental laws just to be situated in a 166sq mile island
    Commisiong is a mischief maker carrying heavy buckets of water for a few special interest groups attached to the opposition party

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    • hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      sticks and stones, don`t forget the finger printing that you and other bajans would be lining up like sheep willing to be finger printed leaving and entering your own country, if the learnted Attorney Comissiong did not step in and make you`ll wise. Then the lawyer for the government told the sheeple that the finger printing was never legislated.

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  25. Menace II Babylon June 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Commissiong is a lion amongst sheep sticks and stones. That man has self pride which he embodies for the average man/woman and provides us with a voice as 90% of you can be bought and sold and stamped with massa brand.

    He embodies self esteem, self courage, integrity, humility, is reflective to when he gets it wrong, he is honest, patient, tenacious for the average man/woman, kind to his fellow man, encourages the average man/woman to have self worth and most of all the racial pride he has is mind boggling and this is ancestral based. You wouldn’t understand as sticks and stones would sell his mothers knickers to a blind man if he has live cash.

    May not mean a lot to you sellouts but to many people including me it means a lot that one man, not two, three or an army but one man can try to ensure average black people remain privileged to our birthright. He is a mischief maker? Have you seen the aerial footage of Butch plantation? The destruction, the erosion and the raping of the land to build a new plantation? Thank you for our jobs in housekeeping, groundsmen etc We are not desperate for a new plantation and we don’t get sexually aroused for brand names and Tourism projects which has brought us nothing but places we can’t go without harassment. That have contributed to making us the most expensive place in CAricom. Where we struggle to live.

    Sticks and Stones would sell his mothers knickers to a blind man if he had the cash. They are laws and regulations and being international and having corporate lawyers and financial clout to sway government officials, greasing palms is the way the financial markets work world wide not only in bim.

    MIIB

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  26. hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Buildings go up in Barbados, not even the opposition knows anything until its starts to build. On building sights everything is posted on outside with the phone numbers, whose company is doing the various jobs so that if there`s any problems even the public can make a call.

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    • Ras June 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Make a call down Greenland find out why no landfill is down there

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      • hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        Ras, I have not said Barbados, because Barbados have not reach that standard as yet where safety on jobs are very important, seniority counts, lasts-in, first-out, ninty days probation and you should know if you made it, not 9 years on the job and still in limbo.

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        • Ras June 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm

          Ask Owen Arthur or Liz Thompson how long now Greenland in limbo

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  27. sticks and stones June 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Dam right i would sell my mother knickers if she was being thrown on the street by people of Commisiong ilk. Dam right my mother survival comes first not her knickers sitting in a draw having no use or like a vacant lot sitting idle overlooking water serving no purpose
    Dam right the law of survival gives me every right to sell my mothers knickers so she would not be thrown on the street
    With Commissiong the law of selfinterest defines for him what is right and what is wrong

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  28. Greengiant June 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Commisiong was silent during the fourteen years of the B L P’s administration. Did they do everything right with tendering, and construction? Did they manage the people’s money with diligence throughout those years? No.

    He was the beneficiary of government’s subventions through a number of non – profit organizations on which he served during that period, so he had no voice, as we knew the status of the game then. ” Cross the party, government or P M and feel the consequences “. This can’t be denied, so anyone of you please tell me one single occasion when we heard the voice of this ‘ accident looking for a location to occur ‘. His actions are purely political in service and has absolutely nothing to do with the people of this country. David boy, ” you can fool some of the people sometime, but you can’t fool all the people all the time “.

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    • hcalndre June 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Greeengiant, do you think 9 years a long time to be fooled?

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      • Ras June 7, 2017 at 9:28 pm

        Not even the Street Vendors don’t pay Commie any mind now.
        Fool them once can’t fool them again.

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        • hcalndre June 8, 2017 at 8:39 am

          Ras you`re right when you said that bajans don`t pay Comissiong any mind and I`ll tell something, bajans would only run to Comissiong when they have a problem and no money because the other lawyers are not going to take their case pro bono. Have you ever heard of Attorney Bill Kunstler?

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  29. seagul June 8, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Worldwide and in Bim people are addicted to the pure drama.
    So we see what’s wrong with the world mama….
    Selling your mama’s knickers means making your mother a prostitute or oneself…..wake up.

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  30. Greengiant June 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    @hcalndre; It’s all about how many times you are fooled in those nine years. We willingly march against governments, but not against those whose actions restrict economic production. Why? We need to send signals regarding what’s on and what’s not in this country. We need to be more proactive with our responses, instead of waiting until things reach crisis stage. Our problem though is always our political obligations to parties. Our political partying always costs us as a people, this has been the case for decades.

    Comissiong and those like him, should take a page from Rodney Grant. Grant has given decades of service to his constituents and wider Barbados prior to seeking to enter the people’s parliament. So Grant we can say, ” has been tried’ tested, and proven “. Funny thing though is these very people can be persuaded by a national swing that can affect his future. When compared with the alternative candidate, the only advantage for the other candidate is political pedigree and in her case the controversy of that pedigree can work against her. The entry of Grant will however increase the voting percentage in this constituency.

    Though some may say this is off the topic here, i’m making the point that had the likes of Commisiong, Denny, Bobby Clarke, and other Pan Africans focused on the needs of the people, instead of creaming off government subsidized organizations they like Grant would be having the influence he has. Time now for my mate Deryck Murray to also step up and take his place as a representative of the people.

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  31. Peter Thompson June 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    The Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay public information event this Saturday morning at the site was a pathetic charade. The caterers, Maloney staff and Hyatt representatives vastly outnumbered the handful public in attendance.

    The “interactive session” amounted to glib answers to any serious questions that members of the tiny audience raised. They were unable to give assurances that the sewage treatment requirements would not overwhelm the struggling Bridgetown sewage treatment facility even though they will be building a pre-treatment facility on the hotel site.

    Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay has a traffic management plan, but it is not available for public comment or inspection. They did not say when it would be available.

    They are aware of the concerns expressed by the Barbados National Trust about putting our World Heritage Listing for Bridgetown at risk, but they have taken no steps to talk to UNESCO about how they could manage this risk. It doesn’t appear as though they give a damn as long as they make lots of money.

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