ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Sept 21, CMC – The Grenada government says the developer of a multi-million dollar resort, under construction on the popular Grand Anse beach, has violated infrastructural regulations and is taking remedial action to resolve the discrepancies.
“The Ministry of Finance Planning, Economic and Physical Development has requested specific adjustments to the Silver Sands Development Project, following discrepancies identified,” according to a statement released here.
It did not identify the discrepancies, but the government said that it has been “consistently holding discussions” with the team of the Silver Sands Development Project, since September 3, 2018, with a view to addressing variances to the project that were not approved.
The statement noted that, earlier this week, a government delegation visited the site of the project, where hundreds of Grenadians are employed, to ascertain the necessary remedial action.
“On-site, the Ministry of Finance further assessed the situation and provided guidance to the developer on the specific adjustments required. Following the site visit, the developer complied with the advice of the team, and immediately proceeded to undertake the recommended adjustments,” the statement noted.
In recent weeks, the public relations officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and heritage advocate, Randall Robinson, has been lobbying for the Keith Mitchell government to act, after it became public that the developers of the hotel, which is scheduled to open in November, had violated construction regulations, as it pertains to erecting any construction close to a beach.
Robinson had argued that the construction of a wall violated the 1998 Land Development regulations, which states that the Physical Planning Unit, “shall not authorise any development closer than 165 feet from the high-water mark or on land less than ten feet above mean sea level or whichever is applicable” for construction.
The Silver Sands hotel is a project of Egyptian businessman, Naguib Sawiris. The developer is yet to issue a statement on the matter.