A controversy that started almost two years ago has once again resurfaced with Port Louis Marina’s installation of large signs in Lagoon Park.
In Mid 2009, fishermen and boat owners in the Lagoon area received a memorandum from the Fisheries Department ordering them to remove boats in the Lagoon area, to make room for the storage of heavy duty equipment to be used by developer, Camper & Nicholson.
Shocking to many was Camper & Nicholson’s claim of ownership of the coastal land in the area and their announced intention of fencing it off right up to the sidewalk. This raised questions about Camper & Nicholson’s ownership claim given that Grenadian law provides for a 50 meters (150 feet) set back area from the high water mark of Crown land.
The Crown land supposedly would have been sold to Peter De Savary as part of the deal to develop the Port Louis Marina. But how and by whom? And how did Camper & Nicholson derive ownership.
Details of this transaction that transferred ownership of public land to private interests is still undisclosed to the Grenadian public.
In one instance, an official from the Department of Fisheries during a celebration event thanked Camper & Nicholson for allowing usage of the Lagoon Park!?!
With the new signage, Port Louis has publicly stamped its claim to Lagoon Park. How should Grenadians interpret this?
Given Camper & Nicholson’s claim of ownership to the Lagoon Park land, can the installation of these signs represent the first step in a larger process that will result in complete alienation of Lagoon Park from the people of Grenada? What’s to prevent fencing of the land and the removal of the current landscape for structures that block views of the lagoon?
Port Louis has installed signs at Lagoon Park, but this action might not be as innocent as it looks.