Política

Maestro Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela//
No Secrets

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
No Secrets

Seawind Key Investment Limited (SKIL), operator of the 700-room Secrets Resorts in Freeport, Montego Bay in St James, is facing strong objection to its plan to construct a 281-room hotel in the upscale community.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

SKIL, which also operates the adults-only Breathless Resort and Spa, began operating in Jamaica in 2010 and is hoping to get approval by year end to begin the construction of its family offering, Dreams Resort and Spa.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela

The project is estimated to cost approximately US$70 million and should be completed within 24 months after breaking ground, the company’s management told The Sunday Gleaner

But residential property owners in the community are opposing the development, which they say will place added pressure on an already-overburdened infrastructure and deprive them of their privacy. They are demanding that the Government addresses a number of infrastructural deficiencies before another investment is considered for the community

“The construction of a 10-storey structure directly across the very narrow roadway – of only 20 feet – separating Secrets from Ocean Pines would lead to the dwarfing and overpowering of the latter, completely changing the character and ambience of the entire locale,” Dr Geoffrey Williams, chairman of the Ocean Pines Management Committee, wrote in a letter addressed to Peter Knight, CEO of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), a copy of which was seen by The Sunday Gleaner

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