A contract has been awarded for the rehabilitation of the Morne Fortune Lay-By and work has commenced in earnest through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank
The facility, overlooking the city of Castries, is a popular tourist attraction and is visited by many seeking to capture memorable photographs.
Saint Lucia’s Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment, Honourable Harold Dalson, says the rehabilitation of the facility is important as it ensures greater safety of visitors while enhancing the economic viability of the facility.
“The question might be asked why are we undertaking the project at the peak of the tourism season but we just got the disbursement of the funds from the bank and instead of procrastinating because the situation was critical we decided to proceed with the project with the hope that our good vendors within the area will have understanding and work with us to allow the project to take place and we also hope our visitors will appreciate the significance of undertaking this project to ensure their safety.”
The project is being executed by the National Conservation Authority with supplementary funding from the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF).
Minister Dalson says an important component of the project is training for vendors who presently operate at the facility so they can reap greater success.
“We need to give them training because they are part of the tourism product, so it is important that they are the best that they can be, and it is the responsibility of the National Conservation Authority and the Government of Saint Lucia to provide them with that training.”
The rehabilitation of the Morne Fortune Lay-By is expected to be completed in January 2013.
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