Port to include cargo, cruise and mega yacht facilities
Plans to build a port in East End
have been submitted to government, according to its developer.
Joseph Imparato said he had
submitted a proposal for a “modern, world-class seaport” in the High Rock area
of East End to the government for consideration and that he would hold a series
of public meetings in coming weeks to inform the public about the project, called
East End Seaport.
In a press release, Mr. Imparato
said the port would incorporate five marine-based commercial facilities,
including a commercial cargo port, cruise ship home port, luxury mega yacht
marina, hydrocarbon storage facility, and transhipment of cargo containers.
Detailed plans of the project have
not been released.
The developer has already started
clearing paths on his property to allow access for preliminary site works prior
to the commencement of an environmental impact assessment.
The proposals have already stirred
controversy among residents of East End and their elected representative Arden McLean
of the People’s Progressive Movement, who questioned how Mr. Imparato had received
planning permission to clear those paths.
“What I am concerned about is the
fact that Mr. Imparato can be so presumptuous about this going through that he
admitted clearing this property in the press release. How did he get planning
permission to do that?” Mr. McLean asked.
He also voiced concerns that the
United Democratic Party government would try to push through legislation to
rezone Mr. Imparato’s land as a port development zone. “That would be dangerous
because, what it would be doing is circumventing the involvement of the populace
and, more importantly, those who are affected physically by the project will
not be able to do anything about it,” he said.
Mr. McLean said he had personally
been opposed to the development of a dock in East End “ever since it raised its
ugly head early in this government’s tenure”.
He said he had invited Mr. Imparato
to a public meeting he was organising for early next month at which he wanted
the developer to explain to the people of East End the details of the plan.
After that meeting, Mr. McLean said he planned to launch a petition to gauge
the support or opposition of his constituents to the port.
If they oppose it, “I will be first
to lie down in front of the first bulldozer,” he said.
In the statement regarding the
dock, Mr. Imparato said the port would be developed on privately owned land and
would be privately funded. Its facilities would be managed by the Port
Authority and not by a private entity. He also denied allegations that there
would be an oil refinery at the site.
He added that the results of an
environmental impact assessment would “inform the design, engineering and
construction methodology of the seaport”.
The developer plans to launch a
website with details of the proposed port prior to beginning a series of public
“The East End Seaport is an
infrastructure project that allows for genuine economic diversification and
expanded socio-economic benefits of this new project for decades to come,” the
statement from Mr. Imparato said.