Big plans for the 10 acres of newly-created land on the north side of Rat Island

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Port Manager Darwin Telemacque

Cabinet Notes: The General Manager of the Port, the Architect/Planner, and the technician involved in designing the Dredge Bay Port Project reported to Cabinet on the plans that are being readied to transform the 10 acres of newly-created land, on the north side of Rat Island, into a hub of economic activity.

 

The site will also be used for domestic and regional ferries that will discontinue their use of the High Street Ferry Port; there will also be shops, restaurants and a small hotel constructed on the reclaimed land.

 

Pleasure craft will also be encouraged to use the safe harbour, and several slipways will be developed to allow for the mooring of craft.

 

The rum distillery that has owned and occupied land at the Rat Island site is being incorporated into the plan, along with a new road that will lead to and from that site; and, parking facilities for about 100 vehicles is being planned.

 

The plan has not yet been costed; however, that exercise along with the profitability of the development will form the second stage of the plan to be assessed by the Cabinet.

 

The executive body applauded the team for the magnificent planning that it presented.

 

The General Manager of the Port also reported that fewer vessels will, in the near future, be calling at the Port as shipping lines consolidate in the face of the pandemic.

 

More container cargo will nevertheless be offloaded in Antigua that will thereafter serve as a hub for distribution of containers to its immediate neighbours. A discussion of a regional CARICOM shipping line was also discussed, given the evolving reality.

 

A Cabinet Sub-Committee, led by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, was established to provide leadership and guidance during the special period now facing the state. A 20% reduction in cargo tonnage arriving at the Port is now experienced.

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. No costings is “magnificent planning’?
    Relax everyone, let’s see what really happens on Rat Island when /if funding has been sourced & delivered.

    Meantime, Royal Caribbean running ‘vaccinated only’ cruises from Israel (alll crew, ground handling & passengers must show proof of vaccination).
    It’s reasonable to think this may be a trend in the foreseeable future.
    Their tentative re-opeing Caribbean cruises will be 3-4 nights from Florida; all stop at the RCC ‘private cays/islands’ presumably to maintain the ‘vaccinated bubble’.
    Has AB Cruise Tourism Association & Minister of Tourism started educating & planning for ‘covid-safe’ protocols & vaccination policy to ensure A&B remains ahead of the curve and attractive to Cruise partners as they plan Q1 2022 longer Caribbean itineraries?

    • Agree!!! I’m tired of hearing “plans” or should I say someones ideas of projects that should take place. They all should just shut up until you have concrete plans for an area. Over the past 7 years there have been so many groundbreakings, so many posters of projects coming soon and NOTHING materialize. To me it is all a game to give persons the impression that a lot is happening, but in in actual fact nothing is happening.

  2. This government like to chat big. Anybody want to travel through Pointe to go anywhere? Spend the money cleaning up Antigua, including Pointe. There were big plans for Booby Alley. What happened to that? Are you considering another Chinese loan?

  3. All r y and your family done own all the land down there so now you want to take the people’s money to develop it. Wicked set of people. Reminds me of the family theft of government lands at Fryes Hill.

  4. So when is the new City coming to Willoughby Bay.Has that died a sudden death? Tenman and Sidelines,please inform us.Because you two are insiders.

  5. This waste of tax dollars Darwin Telemaque should be relieved of his duties.

    He thinks he’s the King of the Port and the employees under him are his “loyal” subjects. Another one with nothing but a pure power trip.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? In this small country it’s an embarrassment they can’t find them. This stinks of nefarious people at the top involved.
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? In this small country it’s an embarrassment they can’t find them. This stinks of nefarious people at the top involved.
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? In this small country it’s an embarrassment they can’t find them. This stinks of nefarious people at the top involved.

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