Dominica to break ground for major resort

The resort is expected to be a major economic driver for Dominica
The resort is expected to be a major economic driver for Dominica

The official ground breaking of a major resort near the island’s second town is to take place on Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm.

The 160-room Cabrits Resort Kempinski will be located at Douglas bay, between the Cabrits National Park and the community of Tan Tan, and expected to be a major economic driver for the north and the island on a whole.

Among those expected to attend the ceremony are: Acting Prime Minister Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore, Tourism Minister Robert Tonge, and Trade, Energy, and Employment Minister Ian Douglas are scheduled to speak at the ceremony. From the developer’s and hotel brand’s side, Range Vice President Mohammed Asaria and Kempinski’s President of Europe hotels are expected to deliver remarks.

Kempinski is a renowned European hotel company with at least 73 hotels around the world and the construction of the Luxury Resort at Cabrits will be the first hotel that Kempinski will construct in the Caribbean.

The resort is being constructed under the Citizenship by Investment Program.

Back on November 7, 2014 The Government of Dominica signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Range Developments for the construction of the resort and in May of 2015, the Range Developments announced that thus far schematic construction designs have been approved by Kempinski and necessary legal and administrative requirements have been honored.

Earlier this year a new piece of legislation was enacted to extract 15 acres of land from the Cabrits National Park to facilitate the construction of the hotel.

A team of experts carried out an environmental impact assessment report, which provided a full analysis of all the trees, plants and species within the property and a separate team also carried out an analysis of the soil on the site.

Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica will be designed to ensure a natural balance between the land and the sea, while ensuring a modern contemporary guest experience, according to the company.

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114 Comments

  1. October 19, 2015

    Bbut where the coast guard base they had to build right there? :lol: e

  2. Francisco Telemaque
    October 19, 2015

    If they are a part of the following, there might be hope, nevertheless, I will only believe it; if and when it is completely completed!

    Kempinski Hotels S.A. is an international hotel chain founded as the Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft in Berlin, Germany, in 1897, which makes it Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. The Corporate Office is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Thailand’s Crown Property Bureau (CPB Equity Co. Ltd) has the majority holding in the group. Kempinski Hotels currently operates 75 five-star hotels in 30 countries. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.

  3. Emile Zapatos
    October 19, 2015

    How is building a hotel a disadvantage. I am reading so many horror comments which are unnecessary. At the very least, this will provide employment. Then furnishing have to be provided.
    The location is situated in a setting that way not damaged by hurricane David or supper storm Erica. The north east could very well become the tourist area like Montego bay in Jamaica. We have to keep on trying and working on our tourist development.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 19, 2015

      Emile, the reason people are writing those comments, are all due to what they experienced in the past. The Layou River Hotel commenced and never finished. Emile right at this moment I am writing I looked in a Dominica phone book to get a number to call home.

      I happen to see registered ” Layou River Hotel (1992) LTD, and they have a number 499-6281/49-96081; well the kid called to book a room, all I get is a noise like rain falling and a recording said your cannot be completed eh!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      I believe JoJo Karam invested in one Dominicans smashed it down to the ground because as usual (‘we doh want it”). Things gets started in Dominica and never get completed, The Moroccan Monkey is riding on Ian Douglas, and Skerrit’s back. The Arab Spring is not yet over, so too the second world war will prevent this one from finishing; since the company originated in Germany in the 1800’S

    • derp
      October 19, 2015

      it wasn’t no Super Storm Erika, com out there with that…

  4. Unbelievable
    October 19, 2015

    China is one of the most powerful country in the world and has the biggest money reserve, in the world, but yet still they are smart enough to make it their number one priority to invest in Hydro. over a 150 hydro power plant serving over a 500 million people with cheap and clean energy. they build cities for 30 to 60 million people with international airports and our PM goes there and negotiate to put colas on the Roseau to Portsmouth road. The PM do have the fore head to see Hydro, Cheap energy and Entry points are number one, airports and seaports, hospital for health is the key. so how u powering up the huge hotels on diesel fuel from Domlec. I do see a sewage plant on the plan where they dumping it in the sea. and the bag of garbage the government live on the beach after the ground breaking ceremony for the 160 room hotel, go and pick it up u people to nasty. My God Dominicans Amazing. U all cannot see is time to put a government to do some real project and not one the is mentally

  5. Roseau
    October 19, 2015

    Oh by the way , to all Dominicans I have the title for the Brooklyn Bridge so please vote for me!

  6. Dominican
    October 19, 2015

    BLAH BLAH BLAH……!

    Here we go again…!

  7. Jesus_Was_A_Captalist
    October 19, 2015

    Aye las skerro jump with Chavez first but Gaston leading the way in getting the most for his country, Dominicans too ignorant…
    Venezuela announced Saturday that its state-owned oil company will buy a 25 percent stake in West Indies Oil Co. and that it will establish a regional bank with the Antigua and Barbuda government to fund a new resort.

    The announcement came during a visit to Antigua by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was on a whirlwind weekend Caribbean tour that included stops at three other nations — Suriname, St. Lucia and Grenada. He was meeting with their leaders to discuss economic and social development initiatives.

    Venezuelan officials said the regional bank would finance the new Simon Bolivar Resort Hotel and other development projects using resources generated by the Petrocaribe program, which provides low-cost oil financing to Caribbean and Central American countries and invests in social development projects.

  8. Cart before horse
    October 19, 2015

    If the government took the proceeds from the CIP and built a Marina facility, then that would create the economic activity necessary for private sector investment in tourism, the governments role is to create the environment for investment, act as a facilatator, provide essential services, and basic infrastructure…not to sell out the country, and enrich themselves….

  9. Positive
    October 19, 2015

    I believe Dominicans are Wicked people because they cry on the Prime Minister too much. Any weak Prime Minister of this country will be BAZOUDI because when the country demands one thing and the Government is embarking upon it then it becomes a problem. I suggest that you know your ministers who holds certain Portfolios and address them directly other than the the Prime Minister. As any other leader today, he is going through a traumatic situation to try and put this country back together.

    Don\’t you see he\’s building the room on the island to introduce the international airport and he also said that the airport will be renovated.

  10. Positive
    October 19, 2015

    Very Good Project, I support this 100%

  11. MY 2cents
    October 18, 2015

    I hope they importing people to work at that hotel, because Dominicans malkasay and have NO customer service.

  12. vera
    October 18, 2015

    Too funny! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  13. ImAnIdiot
    October 18, 2015

    Shouldnt we try to build the number of people who wants to come to Dominica before we make accomodation for them?
    I mean if we get activities to increase the visitors we can think about housing them but, we dont have much to draw them in, except couple waterfalls. So who we building the resort for.

    • anonymous2
      October 19, 2015

      DA is putting the cart before the horse on the notion that “build it and they will come.” Too many resorts have been started and never finished. There isn’t enough tourist travel in the high brackets to warrant the building of these resorts. So look for alternative reasons for the resorts.

  14. Emile Zapatos
    October 18, 2015

    We have to congratulate the Hon PM for his tenacity and his persistence to implement his policy on hotel development. Keep trying Sir, you will succeed. There will be set backs and naysayers but you will succeed. Be assured that there are many who are behind you with full support because they share your vision. In fifty years people will be telling their grand kids…”Skeritt did this, yes he did that.” That will be your legacy. The few naysayers who have done nothing will be told “I told you so” by the silent majority.
    It seems to me that local investors will soon be following.

  15. Possie
    October 18, 2015

    I would like Da to have a hotel like that , but I have to be real with my self. This will not take place unless we develop the island and take care of our people first.
    Better hospitals and an international airport.

  16. Massactre
    October 18, 2015

    In a land where at least 10 bridges were recently washed away by Erika, and some villages still not have running water restored , we are talking about pipe dreams of building multi-million dollar hotels? How will those people access the island? How many millionaires will take these little planes to come pay US$500, a night in Da? What do we have to give them in return for spending that kind of money ?
    I think this Gov’t is putting the cart before the horse in this case.
    This is second or third time they are putting this same project forward and some of us are still fooled by it.
    The first thing you build to attract tourist in any country is the infrastructure , and we do not have much of that. So do your home work my fellow Dominicans and don’t let them fool you!

    • MY 2cents
      October 18, 2015

      Typical duminican saying the first stupid thing that goes through their head and talking about what they don’t have a clue about. For your info the millionaires are already coming to Dominica and paying wayyyy more than US$500, a night in Da. Just so you know Secret Bay cost wayy more than US$500 per night and they are booked out solid months ahead.

  17. too late
    October 18, 2015

    is the money for this project available or it depends on the sale of passports. if so how do we know whether the required amount of money will be raised. further more will Dominicans know who our passports are sold to and at what cost. also, will the environmental impact assessment be available to the public or is it a secret.can we also know who or which institution did the assessment?

  18. Tizhan
    October 18, 2015

    So it ‘s already been agreed without public consultation?
    Please consider
    1. Sewerage and general waste management
    2. Minimum/ fair wages
    3. Public access to beaches

  19. weareallfoolsindominica
    October 18, 2015

    i have big butt and i cannot lie

    i have a crazy…. and i cannot lie

    dominica is going to the drain and thats a fact

    dear lord, please take hold before my country ends up in more trouble than it is

    skerit we need agriculture in dominica

    skerit we need more factories in dominca

    what is wrong with this government?

  20. Malpardee
    October 17, 2015

    I am really feeling sorry for my country. The most important thing to be considered , is a proper hospital in the country, and they worry about resort.. Domincans wake up!

  21. Anon
    October 17, 2015

    So ……That’s what happen to AGRICULTURE in Dominica?? good luck!
    This should all happen in conjunction with Agriculture in Dominica, it’s a shame what has become of Agriculture.

  22. The Architect
    October 17, 2015

    Greetings!
    “U can plan for a Dominican something – he going to build another thing”

    After numerous proposal for Dominica such as:
    a Housing Project

    http://www.plangut.at/uk/frameset_pro_8.html

    a school
    http://www.plangut.at/uk/frameset_pro_14.html

    a future extension of existng airport
    http://www.plangut.at/uk/frameset_pro_4.html

    an apartment complex
    http://www.plangut.at/uk/frameset_pro_23.html
    http://www.plangut.at/DCA2010/AFL.html

    a hotel
    http://www.plangut.at/ContHotel.html#

    one really has to surrender!

    After the scenic ruin by the Marocc Hotel the only way to improve this area is to build a marina!

    http://www.plangut.at/DCA2005/frameset_pro_1.html

    30 years ago Mamo asked me to stay. I was too young to understand her foresight! Nowadays Dominica suffers incompetent planning driven by photoshop pictures from investors.

    Hey Skerrit, give me a call! This area was the dump of Portsmouth decades ago. Do they know this? Or does Dominica has to…

  23. Haydn B Eugene
    October 17, 2015

    So much negative publicity and feedback. You are supposed to learn from your failures and mistakes, put the proper checkpoints and guidelines in place to see the project move from the drawing board to reality/completion. Look towards the economic and long term benefits along with the potential for job creation. While there have been many past failures along with much finger pointing, a project of this magnitude by a major conglomerate should be encouraged, endorsed and well supported. Look towards a better tomorrow and quit dwelling on failures of yesterday. Developed countries still undergo such and simply move on. The hospital may be a major headache and concern but unless I am mistaken, this should fall under a different ministry. Onwards and forward!.

  24. fooled again and again
    October 17, 2015

    Hotel to be constructed under the Citizen-by-investment programme? Fooled again and again and again.

    The Layou River Hotel had to be built under a similar programme ( Economic Citizenship Programme) Remember? Where is the Layou River Hotel? Where did all the millions from the sales of our passports go? To whom? Who were the players in that programme?

    In 2015, Black brothers and sisters in authority, in Dominica,,totally turning over the ideals of Kalinago and Black freedom fighters and by an ACT of Parliament, just like that,, carved out 15 acres of our Cabrits National Park to give to that Foreigner

    Dominicans refuse to learn any lessons from the past. What “investor?” the foreigner comes empty-handed. We give Range Dev. 15 acres from our National Park, plus our passports for them to sell to raise money for their hotel. Dominica again to lose BIG TIME. Our passport selling. Millions they making. If hotel build, it’s not ours. Dumb? Mentally…

  25. SD
    October 17, 2015

    I do not understand how for such a small place, with a population hardly going past the 80,ooo, how everything boils down to politics? Government sets the framework, and puts the necessary legislation and policies in place. They cannot make private businesses complete a project, or stop them from walking away. Look around you folks, there was a global recession. Do you know how many skeleton projects there are in every town and city right across the world? We have got to be the most negative, most socially divisive and politically divided people I know of. What are you doing to make Dominica better? You want International Airport? No problem, how’s about 20% increase on VAT, 20% reduction in Education, 20% reduction in Health, etc etc. If you’re all happy with that, then Tell the PM or his opposite number that you will vote for them on that basis.

  26. LifeandDeath
    October 17, 2015

    When I read these comments I feel for Dominica. It seems just because the people are so politically tuned there is no middle ground in pushing good ideas..What for the Love of the Almighty is wrong and deserving of so much contempt the Idea of a foreign investor putting in money to our island?.sometimes we are our very own worst enemies..for the amount of smartypants Dominica has I find it hard to believe we’re not further in our drive to development…So many ppl know what’s good for Dominica, yet they talk and talk and talk and cry and gripe and still don’t come out and say hey, let me try until I succeed because action is required to change any situation..there is no magic trick, there is no potion that will do it..we must do it as a people..let us remove ourselves from the alliance of party..too much hate in DA..

    • Emile Zapatos
      October 19, 2015

      We complain because there is no foreign investment, then we complain that there is going to be foreign investment. Why those La Lie (L L ) boom boom flies take to the hills and find some hard work to do. All they can do is spread hate.

    • Peter Potter
      October 20, 2015

      Which foreign investor is putting money in and how much??? Before commenting on something educate yourself regarding the facts. This company is not investing a cent. The land was made available by the DLP regime and the money for the construction is supposed to come from the sale of passports. The most interisting part though: Dominica does not even own a 10 dollar share when and if the project is being completed. Good business? Yes, for the foreigners for sure but not for Dominica. But still, nobody questions the Skerrit regime…

  27. Observer
    October 17, 2015

    First of all I want to congratulate all players involved with the implementation of this project thus far. However, recognize people will have their concerns since so many similar projects have come and gone, and in recent times the Cabrits Resort and Spa project financed by the Moroccans.

    This project is not the same, it is being financed with capital raised under the Citizenship By Investment Program. It is expected to be completed by 2018 as a 5 Star Luxury resort. During construction a substantial number of people will be employed and during operations an equally large number of people will also be employed.

    We need to give the developers the benefit of doubt. It is not because things have not worked out in the past and any one should already doom this project to fail. When this project is completed, it will benefit everyone, the entire country, but more importantly the 500 people who stand to benefit directly.

    Wishing all involved the very best.

    • Emile Zapatos
      October 19, 2015

      That is the spirit. We cannot succeed without trying. We need to live in hope and faith. We need to believe that we can develop, not give up. Come on give us a break. Time to go positive. we need to claim success or we will never succeed. We have to stop keeping ourselves back with negative attitude. I read about so many people who have succeed inspite of tremendous disadvantages. Look at Obama. look at Ray Charles and Steevy Wonder. Look at people with no eyes or no legs or no hands. Dominica has sufficient resources to succeed, more than Antigua or Barbados so why are we so far behind. See how successful many Dominicans are overseas, so why cant we be successful at home. At this point in time the young P M need support and encouragement so let us rally around him.

  28. Ambra Battilana
    October 17, 2015

    Skerrit putting all development in the north cause that is where he have most of his investments, when will u think of country skerro instead of self, your greed destroying the nature isle.

  29. zammy
    October 17, 2015

    So much destruction caused by the storm to be sorted out and the government breaking grounds… This is an out of timing move. It’s a sign of poor leadership skills and tact. Are they going to have another moroccoo project? This is a smoke screen. The government must handle the issues at hand , get Dominica moving. Time to work

  30. Lang Mama
    October 17, 2015

    Isnt it interesting that when the government argued thst there is no need for an international airport laborasses like Joe,Doubting Thomas,Real Fact argue that Dominica doesnt have the traffic to necessitate an international airport .Now those same idiots are arguing that we need additional hotels when those on the island are under water.
    With Ng Lap Seng $50 million bail money and expensive security detail here goes Public Works Fortuna Hotel and South South Technology Transfer Center.

  31. Truth Knowledge
    October 17, 2015

    Having the misfortunate to be saddled with such venomous, narcissistic and politically myopic individuals as many of the contributors here, is it any wonder that Dominica has been, and continues to be, afflicted with such great difficulty in advancing its development.

  32. October 17, 2015

    I strongly believe this resort will put Dominica in one of the top designation island and it will benefit other hotels in Dominica,This hotel is only 160 rooms,People seeking for rooms and the hotel is over booked they will booked over hotels there, trust me as a business man this resort is perfect for Dominica. PLEASE don’t be negative towards this hotel,

  33. October 17, 2015

    This location is perfect for this hotel, nice beach, nice view,and the road there is in a good condition.Folks this hotel might even benefit other hotels in Dominica They have good conditions and when this hotel over booked they could be send to a other hotel there.

  34. guest
    October 17, 2015

    People this is something good for our country as long as the local people get jobs and the country is making money we alright….we as Dominicans should stop all the negativity and look at the bigger picture..Only thing we need to do is when big business come to the island we should put our voices together and advocate for jobs

  35. negremaron
    October 17, 2015

    Good. They should consider including a heliport to take patrons directly from FDF or SLU or ANU or PAP to DOM and direct flights on small passenger jets to DOM from MIA or SJU or FLL in the “Winter Season”. This may have a multiplier effect on our tourism developement. Nothwistanding the Layou River Hotel fiasco -Grace Tung,Pinard Bryne(“construction fraud”!!!!!),et al fiasco lets give this one a CHANCE! Like all the others who have received money from the raid of Dominica’s passport they are unlikely to really invest the loot in Da. But lets keep our fingers crossed and pray and pray and pray. We were taught to be good at that..

  36. DOMINICA NEW YORK
    October 17, 2015

    i smell a rat from nyc to Dominica we are watching you all this resort will never finish someone just need a place to hide their blood money ,,, to good to be true Dominica has a reputation to sell passports for investment and the stupid claus are just to slim they get what the want from Dominica then they leave and the land are gone and you have another white elephant.
    i hope they have something in the fine prints where as if this hotel is not finish in a specify time the government of dominica will come in and take over the entire project and complete same for the Benefit off all

    please skerrit learn from the Great Lester Bird and family and their investment styles
    DOMINICA YOU ARE SO DONE STRANGE HOTEL NAMES AND THEY ARE ONLY IN DOMINICA HAHHAHAHHAHAHA SO NIAVE

  37. Aviator
    October 17, 2015

    Wow , Dominicans are the Authours of their own demise and failure, there is none who is positive on this island no not one. GOD, can you spare this island if there are only 10 positive people? You have shown us your wrath and the people are still stubborn. Life and death are in the power of their tongues but they choose death, change their hearts from stone to hearts of flesh of lord so that they can be positive minded people.

  38. Truth Be Told
    October 17, 2015

    DNO could you please run a completely factual report on how this is facilitated by the “Citizenship by Investment Program” to educate the masses, I included? How exactly does it work for this resort construction project and what is the difference between this one and the Layou River hotel project to ensure that this one succeeds? Maybe you could put this question to the ministers at the ceremony on behalf of ‘we the people’? I believe it would be helpful to the country, the government, the project, the investors, and especially us Dominicans, if we understood these facts and lessons that have been learned from past failed “Citizenship by Investment Program” ventures. I thank you.

  39. My View
    October 17, 2015

    1. Where are the approved plans for this development?
    2. Where are the Environmental Impact Studies? The EIA has to determine the scale of development that should take place. EIA cannot be a document to rubber stamp.
    3. Why in this era of climate change and environmental awareness are we planning to build a hotel on a beach with little setbacks;
    4. Why are we destroying our prime Cabrits Marine Reserve and Cabrits National Park with such intense development? This is swamp, how will the sewage be disposed?
    6. TS Erika confirmed that we have an airport in a disaster zone. How will the visitors come here and how will the rooms be filled up;
    I am tired of this disrespect for my people and my country. Is this a project really intended to be built or will it be another white Elephant like the Morrocco Hotel? Dominicans need answers!!!!

  40. My View
    October 17, 2015

    The people of Dominica must stand up and ask Skerrit some hard questions. This is total disrespect for the country. Dominica does not belong to Skerrit
    1. Where are the approved plans for this development?
    2. Where are the Environmental Impact Studies? The EIA has to determine the scale of development that should take place. EIA cannot be a document to rubber stamp.
    3. Why in this era of climate change and environmental awareness are we planning to build a hotel on a beach with little setbacks;
    4. Why are we destroying our prime Cabrits Marine Reserve and Cabrits National Park with such intense development? This is swamp, how will the sewage be disposed?
    6. TS Erika confirmed that we have an airport in a disaster zone. How will the visitors come here and how will the rooms be filled up;
    I am tired of this disrespect for my people and my country. Is this a project really intended to be built or will it be another white Elephant like the Morrocco Hotel? Dominicans need…

  41. RastarMarn
    October 16, 2015

    http://www.rangedominica.com/
    http://www.rangedevelopments.com/range-dominica.php
    http://www.rangedevelopments.com/#

    Just like the Chana-Woman come dere saying she building hotel in Layou and they offered her citizenship juss so Mista dem coming wiff that concept so dey and some of their peoples Dominican Citizenship for easier access to the major metropolises like Toronto, Los Angeles, London, and who knows wherever else Dominican have easier access to,,,

    Instead of focussing on new frontiers why not concentrate on developing the projects already started,,,

    For one more time Dominica don’t have the infrastructure in Place for no Multibillion dollar facility/endeavor like dat, allyou need to focus on Agriculture, but in agriculture dey won’t be able to sell no CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT!!!

  42. Liberty
    October 16, 2015

    We can only hope that this project will come to fruition,However with the past hype that we have seen and the none completion of The Morroco Hotel.The Layou River and the none event at Goodwill we can only hope

  43. The Real Facts
    October 16, 2015

    Since I do not have the capability of seeing the future, I am giving this new resort to be my blessings. I hope it will be built and complete with no obstacles. Sensible people will view it this way with patience. They will adopt a wait and see attitude without being critical.
    I have concluded, by their comments, those who want Dominica to fall are the non DLP supporters. They do not give the projects their blessings. Everything that is done they criticize as putting a curse on it. One day they will pay for their words.

  44. REASONING
    October 16, 2015

    :?: How i wish the people of that northern district would wise up and rise …. those guys who has been taking them for a ride fooling them in the name of labor party :?:

  45. October 16, 2015

    Greatest PM Dominica has ever seen. It would not be a sin to compare Dr. Roosevelt M. Skerrit to Christ or a Saint. There are Dominicans who would give both their legs to shine this man’s shoes or touch his pants leg. Most people do not understand what it is to be in the presence of such a great and wonderful man. The people of Dubique, most of them die-hard Labourites, are extremely happy and grateful at this time. I met an individual from Dubiuque recently and, with tears in his eyes, he told me that the P.M. is an Angel, a man placed in Dominica by God himself to serve the righteous and God-fearing Labourites who were victimized by the “other” political parties in the past. He said his wife saw Dr. Skerrit in a vision as an Angel holding a golden book with the name “JUSTICE” written on the cover. He said his wife told him that Dr. Skerrit was standing above a waterfall and crying for Dominica as it was vetted and was found wanting. This was shortly BEFORE TS Erica…

    • Moe
      October 19, 2015

      Man, what did you smoke? 8-O Must be good stuff! :mrgreen:

  46. block 44
    October 16, 2015

    Dominicans you all are already giving the project bush carbwit,let the dam project start,for once man.

  47. dazed
    October 16, 2015

    The artist impression is wrong. It has the resort located on prince Rupert Bay, not Douglas Bay.

  48. The Goose and the Gander
    October 16, 2015

    But there is something very fishy about that ground breaking thing you know. I mean the GB is today at 3:pm and the prime minister left the country yesterday? Boy according to Ian D they fooled me already not once not twice, not three times, and therefore I will not be fooled again.

  49. The Goose and the Gander
    October 16, 2015

    This is just another scam. I wonder if NG …Seng knows anything about it. One thing, I am happy they building a big house that can hold all of the mosquitoes and sandflies in Portsmouth. It’ just reminds me of the Layou River hotel

  50. Alethea
    October 16, 2015

    Ground breaking and the Prime Minister is not there? Wait, the PM really allowing this one to pass him straight? I do not like that. PM where are you? This is your biggest, most humongous project and you not there? Someone trying to undermine my PM. Or my PM playing it safe that when history repeats itself, he will say I wasn’t there, at the ground breaking.

  51. Wife of an Officer
    October 16, 2015

    I pray this one comes to fruition and creates some much needed employment.

  52. Kieran Ring
    October 16, 2015

    Building a massive resort? And the tourists are to come in through your international airport? Oh right… You don’t have one and if God forbid one of these tourists becomes sick/injured you will take care of them in your hospital? I have been to you4 hospital and its needs a total revamp because it a poor excuse for a hospital. Think before you blink guys…

  53. Realist
    October 16, 2015

    Great. Let the concrete works begin. Let there be another one in Roseau/Goodwill/Canefield Estate and Castle Bruce! Let there be development everywhere! Let the EXOTICAS/DIASPORANS put this in their pipes and smoke it!!Jah Bless!

  54. De Londoner
    October 16, 2015

    Hopefully, we’ve learnt from the recent Tropical Storm Erika, and the resort’s construction will take this into consideration. We now know that Dominica’s infrastructure can easily succumb to water damage.

  55. DA Citizen
    October 16, 2015

    A resort that’s expected to be a major economic driver for the north and the island on a whole. And yet the island doesn’t have a working hospital. Go figure!!

    • anonymous2
      October 16, 2015

      There is no figuring this place out except to follow the money.

    • LifeandDeath
      October 17, 2015

      I’m not a Party Supporter, I support progressive ideas,.. but your comment is Bad Publicity for Dominica, just because we can’t get foreign investment to retrofit the hospital doesn’t mean that DA should turn down an investment opportunity to boost the economy.. Do you really think the other islands hospitals had to be state of the art before Sandals or Marriott would invest?? Rome wasn’t built in a Day and Dominicans have to realize that things will take time to develop our island.. take it in strides..I think your statement sends the wrong message.. Dominica needs foreign investment to begin to see growth..and not more loans on our backs..

    • The Real Facts
      October 17, 2015

      Is there any hospital in the world which truly has a working hospital? People die in whatever part of the world they reside and whatever hospital they are in. Probably when your time is up, it is up.
      What people must do is to take care of themselves., live well, eat well and sleep well and probably they will not have to go to a hospital until they are very old. Of course, as they grow older, they should visit their doctor, be it once a year for a checkup.
      Healthy living commences from childhood. Parents must ensure that their children are nutritiously fed.
      Another matter, for drivers drive cautiously so that you do not cause an accident and injure yourself and passengers.
      You have a computer. You can Google health matters to assist you to stay healthy..
      I offer you free advice. :lol: Pay heed and cease complaining and grumbling about the hospital. It is not healthy for you. The more you criticize and grumble, the more your health deteriorates.

    • Malpardee
      October 17, 2015

      Da citizen now i seeing your comment. That is exactly what i saying…

    • Sams Gutter
      October 18, 2015

      This can work. Market the hotel as something exclusive. Attract high end visitors, build a casino on property. Build a small airport, fly guest in directly. Learn to make money in Dominica.

    • Shaka zulu
      October 18, 2015

      Nor reliable air access.

    • ImAnIdiot
      October 18, 2015

      Dear DNO:
      I have a major bug report, I can only give this comment 1 thumbs up

      Please advise

  56. derp
    October 16, 2015

    other resorts happening in Dominica, btw it have one in a particular village in the mountains but I will keep quite for the time being…

    • Dominican
      October 16, 2015

      Ye best you ess tee ffff uuuu. ye, just shut up for now :mrgreen:

    • real possie
      October 16, 2015

      I know that’s what people you Derp would start saying, election time you all told us how dumb we was voting labor all these years with nothing to show for it, now it seem like is our turn you done start crying. You just start to cry.

      • real possie
        October 18, 2015

        yep.

    • Truth Knowledge
      October 17, 2015

      That is an extremely good idea my friend.

  57. October 16, 2015

    I can surely understand the the scepticism to this project, because of Dominica’s past history with foreign investors and hotels, however I do hope this one will succeed. For those who are wishing for failure as they look at this project through their political lenses, must be reminded that no political party in Dominica can claim any success in terms of hotel construction from foreign investment. The failed Layou River hotel was washed away by the DFP and UWP administrations and the Moroccan Hotel a DLP project is long overdue. What I glean from these comments is that too many of us wants Dominica to fail.

    • watchman
      October 16, 2015

      ture

    • The Real Facts
      October 16, 2015

      I have concluded, by their comments, those who want Dominica to fall are the non DLP supporters. They do not give the projects their blessings. Everything that is done they criticize as putting a curse on it. One day they will pay for their words.

    • Lang Mama
      October 16, 2015

      What about the $120 million that was washed away on the aame Layou River Hotel. You deliberate ly did not mention that but you are talking about political lense. You shojld didpose of your hypocrisy and your predisposition to spread lies and deceit-the MO of you Laborited. Kerp blindfolding the fos that you fool

    • BEB
      October 16, 2015

      I hope it will be successful , as I don’t want it to be another white elephant on island . Three businesses with various developers have failed in that area . A marina in the Prince Rupert Bay and one in Castle Bruce have suffered the same fate. What about the Five Star Hotel and Golf Course which was highly spoken off in the WoodfordHill area?

    • October 17, 2015

      @point October 16, 2015

      I like your comment and I agree with you, “too many of us want Dominica to fail”

      Dominica is our homeland and if she fails in development and people welfare, we will all suffer; I will never understand why there are so many of us in Dominica and elsewhere around the world, talking down our homeland–whom do we think will be recognized as the failures–if not we ourselves.

      I still believe that it is just a small minority speaking those dark and gloom against Dominica–since our ruling government have the majority support for so long.

      But for me, even a small majority is too much! For words are powerful and the human mind is very “weak”; strong as we claim to be, if we do not guard our mind acceptance and reproduction, we can accepts those negative vibes, and go crashing down, when we are least expecting it

      We have only One Savior or Redeemer of Life, His name is Jesus, the Christ! Not Roosevelt Skerrit or Lennox Linton!

    • Chance lady
      October 17, 2015

      I would like to add that if we cry failure for anything that could have been a good thing for Dominica it is we ourselves that will loose . If it is a success then we all succeed, what ever political party we support it still remains our DOMINICA.

    • jamesd
      October 17, 2015

      “however I do hope this one will succeed”

      “Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.”
      Friedrich Nietzsche

      We’d be better off learning from experience and not submitting another piece of our precious nature island to another political charade.

    • October 17, 2015

      My sentiment as well.

    • Nac Vibes
      October 17, 2015

      Oh please behave. Why cannot someone voice their concerns without being accused of some political agenda.
      People, last time I checked, we are still a democracy and have a right to be concerned about decisions taken on our behalf. No one is wishing ill will about this project or others but once a contract is signed especially by foreign so called investors as demonstrated historically, caution is a natural behaviour.
      Have you ever thought that after all these failures, that it’s your support for mediocracy which hinders Dominica reaching it’s full potential. Supporting your party isn’t just about agreeing with everything they do. The creator in his wisdom, gave you free will, so why do you insist on being led down a blind alley without question?.

    • Hans
      October 18, 2015

      http://business.highbeam.com/436103/article-1G1-84166502/macau-businessman-investing-dominica

      Read this and keep on spreading lies. Keep pretending thst your Party has nothing to do eith the layou river corruption. If you eant to present yourself as objective the only logical thing to do is to ask the sitting government for answers regarding layou river since they are the last and existing administration who has dealt with the Layou fiasco/shame.
      Stop making excuses and call it as it is.

  58. Robert
    October 16, 2015

    The environmental impact assessment report would be really interesting. Is there a way to receive a copy? I’m interested in the reported plants and animal species.

    • Boi Fer
      October 16, 2015

      Manicou, crabs, agouti, snakes and birds. : The “Crabs” must be extinct by now, since “Bubbles” haunted them to extinction to construct his villas in Picard. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • Robert
        October 16, 2015

        I know the area myself. I doubt that there are agouti. I’m more interested in the insects and isopods. The area consists of wetlands and dry forest in the Cabrits national park. It offers diverse habitats, which are hard to find elsewhere on the island. So I have a scientific interest in a list of species found there. I already wrote to Kempinski.

      • TSB
        October 16, 2015

        And the little that was remain, another person hunted them and attempted to smuggle them out through the airport. :lol:

        BTW the Citizen by Investment program Mr Linton and them saying so much about working man. :lol:

    • Negre Maron
      October 17, 2015

      Go to the planning Division. They must give you insight by law.

  59. Francisco Telemaque
    October 16, 2015

    “between the Cabrits National Park and the community of Tan Tan, and expected to be a major economic driver for the north and the island on a whole.”

    The architectural drawings always look good, the Moroccan nightmare looked good too, now it stands in a sink hole never to be completed! The architecture of this one looks good too, but I am certain it will never be completed the same as all the others which came before!

    I do not see where the drive will be coming from, since tourism is seasonal in Dominica, and passengers do not leave ship to hotel No overnight tourism in the country means absolute failure.

    The only way that can become successful if it gets completed if Skerrit build an International Airport, which is not likely, since Dominica’s treasury incompletely empty!

    • mine
      October 17, 2015

      You are living out of the country but always the first to critiize. Are you doing anything to help? May God have mercy on all of you.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        October 19, 2015

        If that is in response to my comment, be informed it is a waste of people’s time for people to help you idiots when you have no desire to help yourself! You all rather eat Skerrit’s feces, until he gives you another handout before you try and help yourselves!

        If any of you are looking forward to receiving a handout from me you will get it on booms day in the year never, ever!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahh.

    • metroboy
      October 17, 2015

      all you can do you this idiot from wesley living in canada is to have negative comments on here pertaining to anything government is doing..hope never to return to the nature isle.. your own family here in the USA is disgusted by your negative talks about dominica some of which i will not write on here..you forget where you come from..go ahead fly your kite…

    • October 17, 2015

      You are indeed the most negative person I’ve heard of in my lifetime.
      Many find faults but few can do better.

  60. Dorival John
    October 16, 2015

    Hahahahahahahaha.. The fifty room Morocco guest house cannot be completed, and another one popping up. Another Layou River Hotel fiasco in the making. In the Layou River fiasco Dominica lost $130 million. Many people became millionaires on the back of this poor island by selling passport and then what? It is rotting away. And yet everybody crucifying Lennox Linton when he asked a few questions. This project will go nowhere. Many more people going to get rich from and and it will come to nothing. I hate to say it, but one day, I will be saying, ‘I told you so.’

    • October 16, 2015

      Mr. John, you seem to be implying that the Roosevelt Skeritt administration was responsible for the Layou River fiasco. However the investigation that was conducted by Lennox was based on the 1999 financial accounts, by that time a postmortem was already performed on the project and the burial ceremony was in progress. The DLP came into office in February of 2000 and Skeritt took over as PM in 2004, so how can he be responsible for activities that did not happen under his watch. What about asking questions of Edison James, Brian Alleyne, and Julius Timothy as they were part of the administrations that disbursed the funds for the failed project.

  61. Jayson
    October 16, 2015

    I smell bul….

  62. Laughter the best Medicine
    October 16, 2015

    Who will be the owners Bubbles or another crab or Manicou hunter?

  63. Bon Dieu
    October 16, 2015

    It would be great to have a hotel such as this in Dominica…especially with the demise of Jungle Bay!

    However, how are we to believe this one will come to fruition, when an unfinished Moroccan hotel sits not too far away, the debacle of the Layou River Hotel still haunts us, and the promised hotel near Woodbridge Bay in Goodwill is now a memory? Why/how is this situation different?

    Not to mention, the existing hotels are all crying and trying their best to keep rooms filled…now that we are planning to increase competition, are there unannounced plans to boost the number of stay-over tourists?

    • De Londoner
      October 16, 2015

      Our existing “crying hotels” are central, ie all based in and around Roseau. Decentralisation is the answer in this modern world. Hotel occupants /patrons need some breathing and swimming space.
      LET’S ALL KEEP FINGERS CROSSED AND BE SUPPORTIVE!

    • metroboy
      October 17, 2015

      witchcraft and devil worship is at its best fighting one another..dominica need a good cleaning up from wichcraft,and is time the christian community fight those demons…

  64. Dumb-inicans
    October 16, 2015

    Morrocan Hotel incomplete. Layou River abandoned, but not before $20 in passport money has disappeared!
    How does Twenty Million US dollars disappear? No jobs created, no hotel built, but thousands of passports sold. So what do we do about it? We decide to transfer our national park to a foreigner, with no money , and a dubious past, and 800 passports, in order to build a luxury hotel whos ownership is yet to be disclosed …what is in it for you Dumb-inicans? I have some snake oil to sell, and i will be coming to Dominica…

    • Dorival John
      October 16, 2015

      I wouldn’t even call that Morrocan thing they say they building a ‘hotel.’ That look more like a guest house to me.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      October 16, 2015

      It could be considered a Motel!

    • Boi Fer
      October 16, 2015

      Here’s how: Villas, new Pajeros. Not to mention, mini mansions and second and third homes by politicians. That’s how. :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

    • October 16, 2015

      Mr. John, you seem to be implying that the Roosevelt Skeritt administration was responsible for the Layou River fiasco. However the investigation that was conducted by Lennox was based on the 1999 financial accounts, by that time a postmortem was already performed on the project and the burial ceremony was in progress. The DLP came into office in February of 2000 and Skeritt took over as PM in 2004, so how can he be responsible for activities that did not happen under his watch. What about asking questions of Edison James, Brian Alleyne, and Julius Timothy as they were part of the administrations that disbursed the funds for the failed project.

  65. memoi
    October 16, 2015

    why them people insist in destroying what we have. There is a hotel at the front of the Cabrits that we do not know when it will be completed and look now the want to mash up the area to build another hotel which might as well be a flop as well. My god, when will we ever learn? For what it is I hope the people of Portsmouth open the eyes and mind and demonstrate/protest to stop the HUGE mistake of a Hotel.

    Sad Times In Dominica….sad times

    • out of south city
      October 17, 2015

      Yes, bro, to encourage all these outrageous lifestyles of these Europeans who will be mostly the clients/customers. These Europeans are desperate contaminate the entire world with their homosexual lifestyles. It is time that we wake up and take control of what is rightfully ours and stop these outsiders from intervening in our affairs.
      We need to stop them from taking control of our soil. They are known to do anything for money.

      UNAPOLOGETIC

  66. KID ON THE BLOCK
    October 16, 2015

    I heard the Deputy Leader of the opposition told Matt on Q95, they were invited but they are not going to attend the ceremony. Is this notion is because of hate and jealousy?

    • Boi Fer
      October 16, 2015

      Not quite. It’s because it’s a sham like the Layou River Hotel, the other incomplete hotel in Portsmouth just a few yards away and how can we forget the grand hotel that currently sits on the former grounds of the Public Works Department on Goodwill Road. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Tom Brown
      October 16, 2015

      It is because of hate, envy and jealousy that is why they will not attend. And he is still bitter about the court ruling.

    • my head on
      October 17, 2015

      this notion is because you may not be a Dominican or you a still sleeping sixteen years ago there was a big talk and showing of a much smaller hotel by the Nassief for Dominica at woodfordhill beach as i say its 16 years ago can i ask what is going on in Dominica when is that hotel coming? I don’t know if you know about hotels but take a good look at the size of this hotel I need you to know that hotel is going to take more years to be completed then the international Airport that Dominican asking for but knowing D/A last things first and first things last i need to wait and see but we all know why this ground breaking took place its more to take your minds away from the talk that’s going on all week about the lockup of the big guys in the U/S and who know there may be more to come

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