|Salt Cay Devco shares status of island development plans|
|Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:23|
Salt Cay Devco says it is continuing with its plans to develop a resort on Salt Cay in order to bring life back to the small island, despite resistance from the government.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, the company hosted a special event titled “Salt Cay In Perspective,” where it invited residents to a full day seminar at Beaches Resort and Spa to learn more about the project.
With various presentations from architects and environmentalists involved in the project, the company’s aim was to inform the public about its plans for the island and its commitment to the island.
In January 2010 company executives announced that Six Senses Resorts & Spas had signed on as operator of the resort when the project is completed.
Representatives from Six Senses were also on hand to paint a picture of what they believe the resort will be and how it will enhance the island.
Berhard Bohnenberger, deputy chairman of Six Senses, says the company plans give tourists a true sense of Salt Cay by involving the community and revitalizing the salt raking industry.
The presentations focused heavily on the sustainability of the island, the environmental impact the resort would have on the island and the thought the company has given to those important values. “We are building with the environment in mind,” explained Salt Cay Devco COO Stefan Kral.
The ultra-low density concept Salt Cay Devco plans to build claims it will work in balance with the environment. Design Director Marek Baca said they aim to create something unique but inspired by the environment, something that fits into the landscape of the islands.
Salt Cay Devco has also committed to the residents of Salt Cay to respect their island and help preserve their history. “No one is investing in the historical heritage of Salt Cay.” Kral says working alongside organizations such as the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources and the National Trust, they plan to reinvigorate the island including restoring the salt salinas in order to share its history with visitors and their guests.
The Salt Cay resort project has been in the works for some time, but it came to a standstill not long after it was mentioned during the Commission of Inquiry hearings in January 2009.
It was held up further when in April the Attorney General’s office with the help of its civil recovery lawyers, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, asked the Supreme Court to halt the development and return 239 acres of Crown land.
Court documents accused Salt Cay Devco Ltd., Salt Cay Devco Estates Ltd. and Salt Cay Golf Club Ltd. of using “a series of corrupt transactions” to gain advantages in their plans for the tiny island.
Salt Cay Devco executives have repeatedly said they have done nothing wrong, and they believe they can defend their position in the courts.
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