“Seems like everything we have is up for sale” – SLNT members united against dolphin park

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“Seems like everything we have is up for sale” – SLNT members united against dolphin park
St. Lucia National Trust members at a press conference held earlier this year.
St. Lucia National Trust members at the press conference held on Thursday.
St. Lucia National Trust members at the press conference held on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT) members have accused the government of selling the birthrights of St. Lucians.

“I am tired, I cannot take it anymore. I am fed up waking and finding out another piece of the island is being sold. It seems like everything we have is up for sale and that cannot be,” said Firming Vernege.

Vernege was among several SLNT members who voiced their concerns on March 16, 2017, during a press conference held by the National Trust to highlight their disagreement with the proposed dolphin park on Pigeon Island.

Vernege said he, like many St. Lucians, cannot afford the right to own anything on the island.

“Everything cannot be for sale because some things are sacred,” he said.

The young man felt “it was cruel to place a dishonour on things St. Lucians have died defending”.

He explained that every St. Lucian has the right to inherit what is rightfully theirs. Referring to the theme of this year’s Independence celebrations, ‘I am St. Lucia’, Vernege pointed out that the theme highlighted the need for St. Lucians to keep what’s theirs.

He further stated that tourism has not benefited St. Lucians as it should.

“I am St Lucian and I have not gotten anything from tourism. It has not benefited us much. All the money that comes into this country goes out with these people and these people are quick to come here because they know this land has value,” he said.

Anton Volney, another Trust member, appealed to St. Lucians to join the organisation, as he highlighted the need for money and resources to allow the organisation to effectively carry out its works.

“We are tired of people using up our land and so on, so if you are St. Lucian I beg you to register for the National Trust, whether or not you have any interest in using the National Trust’s facilities,” Volney said.

Naturalised St. Lucian Pamela Devaux, who is a member of the Trust and head of the Animal Protection Association, stated that many of her family members were born in St. Lucia and has made it their home.

“This is a very personal and emotional issue for us. I love this island and my children and grandchildren all love it,” Devaux said.

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  1. SAINT LUCIA IF YOU KNEW YOUR TRUE HISTORY YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THEW CREATOR GOD TOLD US TO NEVER TRUST YOUR ENEMIES! AND HE (GOD) SPECIFICALLY TOLD US THAT OUR OPPRESSORS ARE OUR ENEMIES. THOSE WHO HAD OUR ANCESTORS IN SLAVERY. SOME OF US MAY NOT WANT TO BELEIVE BUT WE ARE OF OUR FATHER.

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  2. it's about time that Saint Lucian's stand up for the constant barrage of other nationals coming over and just purchase all and everything of value in Saint Lucia. If we do not monitor the government and their dealings, we will be left with nothing that we can be proud of. I've also heard that our nationalism is up for sale where others can now purchase our nationality for a price via Saint Lucian passport. When we stop to think about the uproars in this world where extremists from other nations can easily masked their character and use our passport to get into countries that they would not otherwise be permitted to enter in having a passport from their countries of origin it causes me to think deep about what this Island is coming to. Are we so desperate that we make choices that down the road could destroy us because of riches which by the way only a very few benefit from. Saint Lucian's I employ you to be vigilant and take back your country. Just know when these atrocities continues to take place WE, SAINT LUCIAN'S will become the minorities and OUR rights as a people will be infringed upon not allowing us the freedom that our ancestors fought and died for. WAKE UP ST LUCIA!

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  3. Wow it's really starting to happen, incase some people didn't know our country has no money we're actually borrowing money to pay salaries. Eventually we will run out of things to sell and then when we run out of things to sell we will want to legalize marijuana all the profits will go straight to what we owe, it will be so late not even one cent can go towards the country. We act to slow.

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    • That white racoon is not a st. Lucian citizen by birth . He is french . Born in neighboring Martinique. How the hell he can be prime minister? It is so sad that the constitution of the state cannot be upheld. I knew kenny's name had to come up with all that shyte going on. What kenny has done for this island , no other man has done. Compton was there for 30 years n it was misery. What he was mist effective at was giving teenage girls joy rides and burst in them lwith his nast nut like it was la soufrier. All the sporting facilities yall have right now is from whom? Kenny placed yall muthafuckas on the sporting world stage. What yall had for cricket, soccer n athletics not a stadium but a park. Sad. Those of you who back this administration are just morons n stupid. Yall just immune to misery. But if yall like it , I love it. Just that I'm not in yall company cause I was one of the intellectual ones. Good luck to all.

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  4. WITH CALIXTE GEORGE AND CHRISTOPHER HUNTE AS THE POSTER CHILDREN FOR SECOND GENERATION LABOUR PARTY OPPORTUNISTS, YOUR CAUSE IS BOUND TO GET FAR. THE THREE PEICE SUITED AUDI DRIVING SOCIALISTS ARE STOPPING NOTHING, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HITCH YOUR WAGONS WITH R. FREDERICK. START MARCHING FOR SEABED...ITS ALOT MORE IMPORTANT.

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  5. I agree with this sentiment. I would modify it slightly, however, and say that it was Kenny who got us into that mess, by nor retiring from the Government when his popularity had hit an all-time low. Mature societies, like England and Australia, take this option all the time, of asking their Head of Government to step down, without having to call fresh elections. See what happened to the once very popular Margaret Thatcher.,See what happened to the once popular Bob Hawk of Australia. See what happened in Jamaica. see what happened in Barbados. These are all highly civilised societies. But here, we keep our leaders at all cost. Let us hope that the UWP Ministers will soon rally around another leader from within their ranks, and advise Dame Pearlette accordingly. Remember,,it is he or she who commands the support of the majority of ELECTED Members of the House of Assembly who becomes the Prime Minister. So stop talking and do something for the sake of our nation.

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  6. try find another location for that dolphin park and lots of critics can agree. (not everything has to be in the north !!! )
    btw, that little beach inside park is really nice and the restaurant is unique in his appearance, not to mention to seat there evenings and enjoy the view over the bay.
    It will be a great loss for the public !

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  7. LMAOOOOO SOME PEOPLE JUST DO NOT REALISE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT THIS IS GOING TO HAVE ON US IN THE LONG RUN....STOP PLAYING POLITICS....I SAY NO TO THE DOLPHIN PARK........SMH....IF SOME OF YOU' LL WERE READING, YOULL WOULD NOT POST THE CRAP YOU' LL PUTTING UP...NO, NO TO DHS , NO TO DOLPHIN PARK LUCIA IS NOT FOR SALE ..

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  8. It is such a shame that you guys take a political position on this situation. We are experiencing a paradigm shit, one like we have never experienced before. This guy has gone rouge, trying to fulfill his family'so dreams regardless of your situation. You need to stop pointing blame, take a moment to absorb and observe what is going on, and ask you representatives to properly represent you.get off their ass** and be diplomatic with regards to creating revenue for the country, instead of sitting and getting paid. Go out there and create opportunities for your people without selling the country out..stop trying to bite each other's head out and stand up to the white dictatorship

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  9. There is a saying --- "Those who do not remeber history are condemned to repeat it."

    The already-inked transaction for the dolphin park will be an abomination for the island.

    At the same time as zoos and marine parks (the poster child being Sea World, google the video of the film "Blackfish") are re-examining the practice of animals in captivity.

    This has had a documented negative effect on a tourist base that is increasingly conscious of both sustainability and animal welfare.

    Dolphins are exceptionally intelligent mammals whose life involves plying the sea.

    A dolphin park? The quivalent --- think of if you had to live your life in a locked home after having been snatched off the street where you could go anywhere.

    Dolphins in enclosed pens ("marine parks") are not happy.

    Yes they will do anything to get fed on a human keeper's schedule and always look cute and happy even if they are not.

    Michael Chastenet wanted to establish one years ago adjacent to La Toc. While he liquidated his interested in his high profile big box store venture shortly after his son coming on the scene, it seeems that the PM has not lost sight of one of his father's dreams, and arguably a venture that Alan might have discussed (not proven in a court of law) with several including Butch Stewart during his glory days with Air Jamaica before Alan exited for a soft landing in SLU as the airline went financially down in flames.

    I remember Alan from when he was a teen rolling the fast life with a small entourage chasing the night life --- flashy money and and fast times at the disco's of the day with a small group od hangers-on. Some things about some people don't ever change.

    It would be interesting, in keeping with the democratic principles of governance and transparency, to have a full disclosure of all finincial interests of the PM. This would negate the already rampant speculation and distrust, very similar to what we are seeing with the controversy about potential conflicts between Donald Trump's responsibility as President and his financial responsibilities and relationships with the business community.

    Question more. Speak out.

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  10. The true meaning of DSH.

    D - Destroying

    S - St. Lucias

    H - Heritage

    "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him."
    – John 9: 3

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    • If SLP were selling, they were voted out because we wanted change, not to do the same Bullshit. In their case they're doing worse.

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  11. St. Lucians are being squeezed from many different directions and I don't like it. They are being restricted from their beaches. Our constitution doesn't mean jack to those foreigners. The goal is to have locals confined to Vigie beach. Next, we have dolphin circus trying insert it's self into our national park. What balls! Forget that dolphin captivity is frowned upon by a majority of people. Are we ready to put some crap on the Pitons in the name of business? If this isn't disrespect, then nothing else is. Those foreigners would never think of disrespecting their own national symbols... because they are patriotic to their land.

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  12. Those guys have to keep their promises to the electorate and they are willing to play very dirty to do that. Even before the last elections UWP it had made it quite clear the lengths they were willing go to win the elections. See how they broke all protocols from Isaac not being able to control her hunger in the house by disturbing proceedings to Fedee telling us in our faces what he thought of our cultural heritage. UWP is still on the same plane. In fact the attack on the our unique environmental and historical heritage had already advocated and firmly supported by the sore loser Josie. These myopic idiots are intent on doing anything to hold on to power including revoking their own patriotism. If they had any imagination and creativity they would never think of touching what's sacred to St. Lucia but rather protect and highlight them in productive ways doing nothing to threaten their eternity. DSH will operate for 100 years but they will go as usual and the country will have lost on two counts: DSH will no longer be and we will no longer be able to speak of anything unique to the country. It will be spent! Is that what we want? I dont think so.

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    • And that's why Kenny was voted out. He was too arrogant. Same rubbish being repeated now. This is not about politics. It's about our pride as St Lucians. Ask your selves will locals still be able to access the park as they do now? Will they be able to afford it? What about the historical value of the park? Are we just going to throw that away? All gor some venture which we are not even sure if tourist are interested in? Look at what's happening with Sea World

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