ANNOUNCEMENT: Fort Young Hotel not involved with renovation of Peebles Park or Public Library



Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is not involved in the rehabilitation of Peebles Park. Further, there is no discussion or intention between the Fort Young Hotel or its ownership and the Government of Dominica regarding the acquisition, in whole or in part, of Peebles Park or the Public Library. Works to restore and beautify the park are being undertaken by the Government of Dominica, under the stewardship of the Ministry of Tourism & Urban Renewal.

Fort Young Hotel applauds the government and the Ministry of Tourism for their efforts to improve the functionality of the park for both Dominicans and visitors. Fort Young Hotel remains committed to engaging the government and the community as the resort continues to play an important role in Dominica’s tourism.

Located on the water in Roseau, Dominica’s capital, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is the country’s only downtown hotel, affording guests unmatched proximity to the “Nature Island’s” vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, exhilarating activities and some of the island’s most prized attractions, like Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, and world-renowned diving. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort offers a luxurious sense of seclusion, fine dining and meeting facilities. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort can be reached at 767-448-5000 or

Rehabilitation work is underway at Peebles Park

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  1. Nature island - An bel ti bonjour
    October 25, 2019

    Folks, re the fencing..I would have preferred a hedge, in keeping with a green theme, but the reality is that will take very long to be full enough. Also unfortunately, during this period some of the public tend to take plants when planted as seedlings and security cannot be there 24-7. That’s the reality. We must hope that the plants on the external area will not fall prey to plant stealers/vandalizers. A security camera may be needed. Fences are not always negatives. They also provide a clear view of the inside space while demarcating the area. There are green spaces in the world with fences. For e.g. Central Park in New York.

  2. Kalinago Justice
    July 21, 2019

    :?: Wouldn’t it be better to leave the park as an open space surrounded with plants/trees instead of a concrete fence :?:

  3. Manyways
    June 24, 2019

    The history of Dominica is what needs to be preserved. Expand the hotel on landmarks that are full of history.
    Located on the water in Roseau, Dominica’s capital, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is the country’s only downtown hotel, affording guests unmatched proximity to the “Nature Island’s” vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, exhilarating activities and some of the island’s most prized attractions, like Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, and world-renowned diving. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort offers a luxurious sense of seclusion, fine dining. Do you read any thing about the history of the location of this hotel. What will happen when the library is removed? Why are we destroying our history?

  4. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    June 24, 2019

    The public library was constructed way back in the 1950’s at least when the island was still a British colony. A new modern multi story building needs to be constructed close by and the old building can be used as a museum about that era showing pictures and art and books and the history from Dominica’s early days and about the people. The younger generation needs to see how people lived on Dominica long ago. It would be educational to school students and tourists. Just a thought.

  5. Roger Burnett
    June 24, 2019

    As one who has spent a lifetime studying and advocating for good “Townscape” design, I am in agreement with the comments by Annomyous and Original. A high fence says: KEEP OUT and not WELCOME IN.

    Granted vandalism may have prompted the design. But having said that; the cross members of the steel railings that have been inserted between the posts invite climbing.

    • Original
      June 24, 2019

      as an architect myself i don’t see how this prevents vandalism. they should create park wardens to safe guide the public spaces, issue tickets for not adhering to park regulations which should be posted at the park for everyone, instead of having those useless security guards. moreover this would draw some form of income towards the upkeep of the parks.

  6. OKC
    June 24, 2019

    I hope they are not, because I had the same concern passing there last week. The Peebles park should be and remain a public space which we are in dire need of in the city.

  7. Youth for education
    June 23, 2019

    I wonder who values the library more? Tables were turned would the UWP secured funding to give us the youth our Public Library or would it still be in this state. Just asking.

  8. Annomyous
    June 23, 2019

    In my opinion a public park should be inviting or welcoming, this fencing which has been erected around the park gives the feeling of the park being privatised plus it’s a poor design choice as this seems more like a cage than a welcoming small city park.

  9. RandyX
    June 23, 2019

    I would not be surprised if Skerrit struck a deal with Nassief. After all he has Form on issues like that, remember the passports for sale for Secret Bay. Remember the chunk of land from the Cabrits National Park that was given to the Kempinski. People be in no doubt, if anywhere in this world a shady deal is concluded, the crime minister has his sticky fingers in it. The only thing he can’t do is doing anything positive for DA.

  10. Original
    June 22, 2019

    The redesign of the park with the high fence has the impression of keeping people out of the park. I think it’s a poor design choice, a park should be welcoming not this high almost prison like fencing which is being erected. Makes me wonder who are the designers, information which should be published publicly since this is a government project. Just sad….smh

    • Joseph John
      June 23, 2019

      So we should tear down the wall around the botanical gardens too. Ha !
      Fort Young should have stayed quiet and let those rumor mongers do their worst. Fort Young is the most successful hotel in Dominica and is a model of a partnership between the public and private sector but as usual evil forces would like to see it destroyed. They are out to obstruct progress to keep Dominica down. Then they can celebrate our failure with their negative mentality and their saying that nothing good will happen in Dominica. The
      Dr Dr have their cure.

      • Original
        June 24, 2019

        What does botanical gardens wall has to do with my comment or your political rumbling?

  11. Ce
    June 22, 2019

    Well that’s unfortunate. The library should be relocated and fort young hotel should expand in that area.. Why does a public library need water front views. Let’s stop being backward

    • peaceandlove
      June 23, 2019

      I think it would be wise to try to learn a little bit about the history of the library and the extraordinary efforts that went into creating a library of this kind in Dominica in its day. Dominica’s tourism product depends – not only on its nature – but also on its history and culture. Visitors to the island might find it quite interesting to visit the library, especially if the facilities and surrounding safety and security are improved.

    • Youth for Education
      June 23, 2019

      The Library is a historical landmark and regular patrons to the library would know that during the tourist season a great number of tourist would visit the library. Just as much effort is taken to improve the surroundings of the library like the state house and neighboring Fort Young Hotel. Urgent rehabilitation and construction of a new library should be at the top of the agenda. Education is important…….nurses, teachers, politicians, are in need of a State of the Art Library. We need positive places for our youth to go to:

      to study
      to socialize,
      to use the computers,
      to do exams


  12. Pipo
    June 22, 2019

    Thanks for clearing that up. People were getting the wrong end of the stick including me, thinking the Nassiefs were using their influence to get precious public land from the government.
    . Can we have the library back please. We need it, specially our children.

    • Kermit
      June 23, 2019

      Especially our children is joke. When the library was functional it was forever dread now it not there all you asking for it.

      • Roger Burnett
        June 24, 2019

        I regularly visited the library and always found it well used and welcoming. Quite, yes; “dread”, no.

      • Ivenia
        June 24, 2019

        Kermit. This is not true. The Library was not dread. As a frequent user of the library before maria, I know better than to believe your lies and properganda. Adults must learn to speak the truth.

      • time has told
        June 24, 2019

        did you spend countless hours taking note of the traffic at the library? did you work there ? how do you know is what i am asking.

  13. Ninja
    June 21, 2019

    Thanx for the clarification because U know our Dominican people just saying what they feel like with there mouth!!! :cry: :)

    June 21, 2019

    Thanks for clearing the air.
    Them BLUE BELLY HATERS will stop their propaganda . Wicked set of power hungry people.

    • Hello
      June 22, 2019

      Hey, I am not a “blue hater” but anyone seeing the works will come to this conclusion…that it has become a part of FYH. If it is not, then the hotel is funding the repairs.

    • Poli Sye
      June 23, 2019

      I keep asking myself if politics was always so divisive and political commentary was always so full of ranker and hatred. I am trying to pinpoint when it got this bad, because I’m confident this was not always the case. The vile language being used signifies that there is a genuine hatred of the opposing political parties. It leaves one to ponder how much love for country is there when it would appear that everyone’s just craving the power of being the government in charge. Please take a setback, treat each others with respect and say a prayer for that beautiful piece of land, called Dominica, that God has bestowed on us.

      • Joseph John
        June 23, 2019

        It started with Lennox Linton as he moved in politics before the 2014 election and it got worst with his ” nonsensecical bombastic verbosity” after last election.
        This man and his Tim Tim party have nothing to offer but hate talk.

        • time has told
          June 24, 2019

          the level of ignorance from you John is dumbfounding. What does Lennox have to do with the Library and its going ons? Yes Politics was alwasy so divisive. Unless you were not alive to see how DFP got on with DLP in the 80’s. It was less violent, but it was very divisive. I can say for a fact. It got worse when UWP came into effect with Edison James facing off against Mamo. Do you all remember the bugging story and Oreo’s with the policeman? I do not know where you all come off acting as if politics used to be a clean game. From the get go, if you listen to Patrick John’s interview you will realize that politics in Dominica was always a divisive dirty game. Ask Charles Saverin, he will tell you all about his role in Dominica’s politics. So dont be hypocritical about. Just say you have something personal against Lennox. you dont like him for whatever reason instead of doing like the DLP and running your campaign based on Lennox.

    • Ivenia
      June 24, 2019

      So just because fort going say they not involved that doesn’t mean that’s true. Lies and deception is the order of the day.

  15. For Love of Country
    June 21, 2019

    Don’t believe the hype – Public Enemy!

    As the old adage goes… the enemy could be their friend/guardian and the police can be your enemy!

    Truth Will Reveal – Nasio Fontaine!

  16. Lol
    June 21, 2019

    wicked UWP wicked

  17. Watching
    June 21, 2019

    Thanks for enlightening me because I heard much talk of the area is now yours. Though is not my business. I really thoughti would not be able to hang around anymore

    • WeNiceMan
      June 21, 2019

      What!? Yes it IS very much your business. Peebles Park is a public park. Meaning owned by the government and PEOPLE of Dominica.

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