Work on a sea protection project for Pointe Michel will begin in March, but negotiations are continuing with the contractor and others involved, Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has revealed.
Residents of the community have long been speaking about the need for a greater defense wall to protect them and their property from huge waves. As it is now, heavy waves often go way beyond the shoreline and onto the road.
Blackmoore told local media Friday, some things were left out in the original project design for the Pointe Michel sea defense wall project.
“The entire village in itself was not provided with protection. We were talking about 750 metres of road and the area that takes you to the boat house before the Champagne area was not protected.
“In 2011, it makes no material sense to protect part of the village. If you were to do that, you would create the impression therefore, that you are more interested in protecting the road than in protecting life and property.”
Once negotiations between the contractor and consultant for the project are finalized, the signing of the contract signaling the start of work should take form and subsequently the actual commencement of labour on the sea defense development towards the end of March, according to Blackmoore.