The St. Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA), through its Division of Maritime Affairs, is working with local stakeholders to re-demarcate the beaches at Rodney Bay to avert more accidents.
The demarcated zones will allow for designated swimming areas, areas for boat rides, water sports, and use by fisher folk. The director of maritime affairs, director of seaports, Ministry of Tourism officials, director of yachting and other key stakeholders recently held a second consultation to discuss the way forward.
Director of Maritime Affairs Christopher Alexander explained at the meeting that in 2007, SLASPA demarcated the Rodney Bay/Reduit beach area for swimming and other water sport activities.
He said this initiative was fully funded as a pilot project to address certain boating safety concerns with the influx of vessels in the confined space. Unfortunately, after Hurricane Dean all the markers had been destroyed which left that area exposed and increased sea bathers’ vulnerability, Alexander explained.
SLASPA plans to work with all parties involved to undertake a comprehensive education drive to inform the general public of these safety measures being re-implemented, Alexander added.