As construction gets underway on a residential resort in St. Lucia’s Pitons Management Area, both the developer and the St. Lucia government assure that they will make sure that the development does not harm the environment.
The sensitive nature and environmental integrity of the Pitons Management Area in Soufriere, which is a World Heritage Site, did not go unnoticed, when the announcement of the start of another development within the area took place here Friday.
It was in December 2008, that Pascal Mahvi, the developer of the Jalousie Plantation Resort & Spa, announced the development of an exclusive Residential Resort Community in the heart of the Val des Pitons [intended to be] the only residential development on Jalousie Bay and the first “green” resort in the world offering buyers the opportunity to own property in a designated World Heritage Site.
Pascal Mahvi, president of the M Group and Jalousie told the small gathering Friday that the project has been a long time coming.
“We are very cognizant of the sensitivity of this area. I appreciate what you have said Mr Dalson about the care that we have been taking here and you need to know that Mr Paul Hummer is one of our directors at M Group and he just happens to be a developer and he just happens to, like me, care about the environment and that’s the reason why he is here on the ground to make absolutely certain that what we are doing is sustainable, taking care of the marine life, taking care of the trees,” Mahvi intoned.
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia indicated when he spoke that the project was likely to enhance the economic and social environment in the communities of Soufriere and Choiseul and its environs.
PM King [appealed] for the protection of the sensitive environmental area saying,
“I believe that this area is too sensitive an area both land and sea to allow it to be destroyed.”
[Photo: Jason Poulton]