Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he is buoyed by the developments on Barbuda as three major projects are to materialize.
Browne says he toured the Discovery Bay development at Coco Point over the weekend.
He claims that the tequila magnate behind the project, John Paul DeJoria, has invested over US$ 50 million in the project to date.
“To date, I am told that they have sold about 30 lots and on average these lots sell for about $3-4 million. So, on average they’ve had $120 million in sales so far.”
De Joria will build his home first starting in July, according to Browne.
“Barbuda now is shaping up to be the most prestigious island in the Caribbean,” Browne told his radio programme.
The prime minister also announced that the controversial Paradise Found project by actor Robert Deniro is back on.
The project’s future faced uncertainty after the main business partner pulled out.
Browne says Deniro has committed to “a renewed push” and will visit Barbuda soon.
A Russian investor will also build an Ahmed Resort, Browne reported.
“Plus we will be getting a One and Only on Barbuda. There will be two, one here in Antigua at Pearns Point and one in Barbuda.
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How much did Mr. DeJoria pay the people of Barbuda and Antigua for the lands? He invested $50million and sold lots for $120million. A return of almost 120% with unsold lots. Who pays $3-$4 million for a plot of land on an isolated island? The Russian mafia?
What percentage of that $120 million dollars is to be collected by the Barbuda Local Government Council in sales tax, assuming those sales are legal ones?. I don’t know what amateur they had to pull this visual nightmare together but they should be sued for assault on peoples retina. The whole sales pitch that these so called investors gave to the people of Barbuda was that they were coming to construct a hotel. Not coming to sell off plots of leased land to generate revenue so they could pocket and buy further favour. I think the PM should come and explain how Paradise Found were able to acquire the old K-Club lease which did not have any performance clauses on it during the lifetime or since the death of its former owner. I would assume that such a lease is still valid to the beneficiaries of her estate and therefore any transfer of ownership could be seen as illegal. documented monies paid to the PM by Paradise Found appear to have been inappropriately and without further consultation or authority of the Barbuda Council secretly poured into a big hole called the “Barbuda airstrip construction” a.k.a paradise Found private guest airport,which brings me back to The Prevention of Corruption Act 2004,Integrity in Public Life Act 23 of 2004, Proceeds of Crime Act No.13 of 1993, Money Laundering Prevention Act 1996 as amended in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003. When the people were moved off the island due to the storm damage it then gave the opportunity for the PM to claim Barbuda was “Terra nullius” (which was and is a total lie because Barbudan’s still remained in their homes and in sheltered areas on the island along with police and private military personnel to which the latter we still do not know who was their employer). Questions must also be asked as to what involvement if any did the UN ambassador play in granting such a favour since he arrived a month later when the mandatory evacuation order was in place??. The best thing for Barbuda would be to seek full independence away from Antigua since it appears to be governed by a money hungry self serving narcissist amassing personal wealth at the cost of peoples human rights who is willing and eager to move the constitutional and legal goal posts to serve those with deep pockets and sun loungers on there backs.
Wow!! I think this is the most accurate description of Mr. “Gansta Brown”. Brings me hope to see that there are still people in this country who are not politically and socially blind.
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