Sealy reacts to court ruling on Hyatt

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy remains confident that work on the multi-million dollar Hyatt Centric Resort will begin “in the fullness of time”.

It was only in September that Sealy had told supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party at the party’s luncheon lecture that construction of the US$100 million project at Bay Street, The City would commence “in a couple of weeks”.

However, with High Court Judge Madame Justice Dr Sonia Richards last week throwing out an application by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who had asked the court to rule that attorney-at-law and social activist David Comissiong had no legal ground on which to challenge the Prime Minister’s decision to grant permission for the project to proceed, Sealy today was more circumspect.

“The judge did what she had to do and I will look forward to the developers doing what they have to do,” Sealy told Barbados TODAY.

“My understanding is that there is no injunction, there is nothing stopping the work [on] Hyatt from taking place and I guess in the fullness of time that will occur,” he added.

The project, on which Government had been counting to help stop the slide in foreign reserves, has been the subject of litigation, with Comissiong challenging Government’s decision not to conduct an environment impact assessment on the planned 15-storey hotel.

The attorney-at-law had also argued that Stuart had relied on an outdated physical development plan, even though Section 11 (1) of the Town & country Planning Act stipulates that the plan, which is over 14 years old, must be updated every five years, and that the maximum height allowed for beachfront hotels was five storeys, and seven storeys for non-beachfront tourist accommodation, well below the 15 storeys planned by the Hyatt’s primary developer Mark Maloney of Vision Development Inc, in collaboration with Caribbean Consultants Ltd.

Immediately following last week’s ruling, Stuart’s lead attorney Hal Gallop, QC, served notice of his intention to appeal the judge’s decision.

Maloney has also expressed frustration at the length of time it was taking for the project to get off the ground.

“Some people have strong feelings on things, and you have to accept that. We are in a democratic society and we go through our democratic process. But we are patient. We are persistent and we are persevering and hopefully the outcome would allow us to fulfill our vision as developers to Barbados and the tourism industry,” Maloney, who had joined Stuart’s legal challenge, had told Barbados TODAY days before the ruling was handed down.

However, while acknowledging that there was no injunction preventing work on the project from getting under way, Comissiong has repeatedly said it would be an unwise move since that Hyatt developers could be wasting precious time and money should the court rule that the project cannot proceed.  

15 Responses to Sealy reacts to court ruling on Hyatt

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 4:43 am

    PARAGRAPH 4 SUMS UP TYPICALLY WHAT WANNA REALLY ARE, AH BUNCH OF ASSORTED STINKING NUTS, THAT SMELLS WORSE THAT THE SEWAGE ON THE SOUTH COAST…… NO WONDER BLUE HORIZON AND HILTON WERE SOLD SHORT UNDER UR WATCH……..WHAT HATH WANNA GOTTEN, THAT THIS PROJECT HAS TO GO THROUGH, HELL COME OR HIGH WATER?

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Gillian Skeete OFCOURSE WE HAVE TO BARE THE SHORT FALL…FOR AH MINISTER TO BE REPEATEDLY SAY THE COUNTRY AIN’T GO NO MONEY, BUT CAN SELL OFF THOSE 2 AT AH MASSIVE LOSS…IS NOTHING SHORT OF……………………………………..

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  2. John Strutton
    John Strutton December 30, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Could it be that Stuart and Sealy are watching their backhanders disappear into the Hyatt distance? Or is it their deep concern for the Bajan economy (when only low-paid hotel workers will actually see any “benefit”, profits remaining going to the Hyatt conglomerate) that drives their commitment to forcing the development through?

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

      JOHN IT WOULD HAVE TO BE THE BACKHANDERS, CAUSE FOR SURE DEM DON’T GIVE AT RATS ASS ABOUT THE POOR,,,,,ALL DEM SEE IS $$$$$$$$$$$$ DON’T CARE WHERE IT COMING FROM

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  3. Ralph W Talma December 30, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Somebody, somewhere is being economical with the actuality!!

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  4. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith December 30, 2017 at 9:47 am

    we all want to know only dems know

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  5. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    get

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  6. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe December 30, 2017 at 10:18 am

    For the love of money

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  7. seagul December 30, 2017 at 11:27 am

    In the struggle, triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle! Jah gave life to continue to do things that we would never have done.
    What we are not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.
    At the same time we must continue to strengthen our heritage in
    promoting our OASIS OF HARMONY AND PLEASANT ENCOUNTERS. http://www.suncreed.com
    Weniger anzeigen
    ANTWORTEN

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  8. John Everatt December 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    So “a couple of weeks” has now been replaced by “in the fullness of time”. The minister has spoken but in reality has said nothing. This seems to be the norm for this government.

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  9. Outside Looking In December 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    We can’t have the law broken or ignored for Hyatt yet the common man is meant to abide by them.

    If the regs have a clear storey limit then this should be followed or a case made for exceptional permission granted. The government must be held to account. Well done David C.

    Btw..sewage flowing through Hastings but yet no one can get it fixed. Shame on Sealy, Stuart et al.

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  10. Atman December 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    David Commissiong is a giant of man…we need many more courageous, intelligent, and incorruptible citizens like him. He has won every challenge against the gov’t on the legal battle field so far.

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  11. luther thorne December 31, 2017 at 1:34 am

    I dont see my comment about the Road and Drivers/ motorcyclist. It was placed here for effect

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  12. Donild Trimp December 31, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    @Ralph W Talma –
    “Somebody, somewhere is being economical with the actuality!!”

    Brilliant. I like that expression.

    Can you turn it into a thesis?

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    • Mike Bowler January 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Barbados is selling its soul by permitting these large developments. This will be another blot on a once unspoiled island. The Hyatt development is unforgivable.

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