PLP Ask For Explanation For ‘Repeated Delays’

March 2, 2017

“Since the announcement of the St. George’s Project, we have had several ground breaking dates announced with great fanfare, yet each date has passed with no explanation,” Shadow Tourism Minister Jamahl Simmons said, adding that it is “appropriate that the current projected date for breaking ground be announced and an explanation provided for the repeated delays.”

Jamahl Simmons Bermuda March 2 2017

Mr Simmons said, “With tourism jobs dropping by 2.9% last year and job growth only being seen in non-Bermudian jobs, it is critical that the hotel project at St. George’s come online to give jobs, opportunities and hope to the many Bermudians that are out of work, looking for opportunities and losing hope.

“Since the announcement of the St. George’s Project, we have had several ground breaking dates announced with great fanfare, yet each date has passed with no explanation and no apology from the One Bermuda Alliance.

“With numerous references to the St. George’s project in the OBA’s Budget Statement it is timely and appropriate that the current projected date for breaking ground be announced and an explanation provided for the repeated delays.”

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  1. Yahoo says:

    Get off the soapbox Jamal. It can’t take the pressure.

    • Mary says:

      this guy just spouts nonsense to keep pretending he is a politician, he need to get a real job and give up the old UBP crap is over man wake up

    • steve says:

      you forgot to demand someones resignation in the final paragraph. negative,tired,boring political BS…

  2. Yo, you guys dont get it yet, these guys inherited de “I can do what I want, but dont you try to do it” syndrome.
    They have de Historical ideology, systemic support and economic edge. So unless de PEOPLE become unified, pack it in.

    • jt says:

      Drop your manufactured persona.

      • A Chap called Vanz says:

        It’s not manufactured.
        He really is a cu next Tuesday

    • the real Terry says:

      O J, dey also have de ability and expertise. something you and your ace boy Jamahl apparently know little about.

  3. sandgrownan says:

    “…With tourism jobs dropping by 2.9% last year and job growth only being seen in non-Bermudian jobs…”

    For Christ’s sake, give it a rest Jamahl. You cannot make a simple point without adding in the bs.

    “..Since the announcement of the St. George’s Project, we have had several ground breaking dates announced with great fanfare, yet each date has passed with no explanation and no apology from Ewart Brown and the PLP”

    Fixed it for you. How many false starts under the PLP? The cognitive dissonance is breathtaking.

  4. Terry says:

    Lord.
    Must be something to be so bored as to bring this up.
    Next he will be bitching about the delay in the start of the new airport…………………………………..

  5. COI says:

    The PLP are desperate to deflect the attention away from the COI and the two recent lawsuits that have been filed against some of the current and former MPs. Anything to deflect voters attention from reality

    • wahoo says:

      Yup and sadder still is that Jamahl is the only one that keeps volunteering to say something.

  6. mixitup says:

    ^^ Certain people^^ show signs of obsession with the opposition. Did you sign up for PLP alerts for your email? SMH

  7. serengeti says:

    I thought ground was to be broken in November 2011?

    Oh, wait a minute, that was the promise given by Ewart Brown when he was Premier and Tourism Minister and Transport Minister, and then later repeated by the PLP Minister for Tourism, Trade and Industry, Patrice Minors. “Ground will be broken in November 2011.”

    • wahoo says:

      It was a classic example of how the plp are good at destroying things but not creating things.

  8. inna says:

    Well at least the PLP has gotten a bit more polite, and is now asking instead of demanding !

    On another note, any bets on how long before JS switches to the only political party he hasn’t been a member of?

  9. Truth (Original) says:

    ” “….With tourism jobs dropping by 2.9% last year and job growth only being seen in non-Bermudian jobs…”

    Really? Job growth in Non-Bermudian jobs ONLY? Bie stop it.

    I just don’t know how anyone can tell a lie like that with a straight face.

    People are busy mate. Try and hire a contractor or tradesman these days. The wait time is staggering.

    There will always be those who just don’t want to work and will complain that there’s no opportunity.

    There is also the crowd that won’t accept work of any kind unless it is in their desired field.

    I would argue that if you not earning an income at this present time, it is because you fall into one of those 2 categories.

  10. trump supporter says:

    How about this, if the PLP didn’t knock the hotel, and also the GOLF HOUSE down which didn’t need to be taken down so fast, those people could’ve still been employed at the golf course.

    You are a joke.

  11. Bermyman says:

    Well when the PLP whip up an over emotionalized, naive, yet violent protest group to attack any legislation the current government puts forward including a rather large construction project, it is safe to say the investors are looking at the situation and deciding whether or not to put money into this precious little rock in the middle of the Atlantic. How do these developers know the PLP won’t violently oppose and protest their construction project? After all it seems the PLP are privy to acting irrationally towards any foreign entity looking to invest into this Island. The combined opposition have sent a clear message to potential investors by their protests against pathways to status and the airport, that they dislike foreigners living, working and investing in Bermuda. Plain and simple there would be thousands more jobs here today if it was not for the PLP chasing away any prospects of new investment while also making the international business community feel very unwelcome.

    • James Rego says:

      @Bermyman, I absolutely agree with you. What you have written, I have said many times before.

      Who in their right mind would invest this type of money in a hotel here starting from scratch and fending off criticisms from individuals who have no interest in seeing Bermuda progress. I was very surprised to see Morgan’s Point and Pink Beach / Loren take the plunge, all eyes will be on them, especially during America’s Cup to see how well they do. Maybe if they do well and by chance the Cup comes ack to Bermuda, will we see more movement in the area of St. George.
      As said by me previously, when I see Cement trucks rumbling through the ole towne, may be then I will believe it will happen!

      • James Rego says:

        Hey! Why are you PLP trolls disliking other people’s comments to such a degree, and you only give me 1 dislike? Surely I deserve more?

  12. Sorry Sir says:

    Must be boring in opposition. Sitting there all day thinking of how to make the Government look stupid.

  13. Pondering says:

    we would like to know!

  14. Warlord says:

    He must be mixed up with The honest Dr Brown’s predicted ground breaking dates

  15. swing voter says:

    Take the whole damn beach if you want it. just give us something in return like a new sewage treatment plant for the town.

  16. bdaboy says:

    “you guys dont get it yet, these guys inherited de “I can do what I want, but dont you try to do it” syndrome.”

    so, what you’re saying is you guys really aren’t any better than the OBA.

    So, how is the PLP better again?

  17. Truth says:

    Really PLP? This is the best you can come up with to divert the attention away from the latest (several) findings of your unethical behaviour?
    #Fail

  18. A Chap called V says:

    Which party is this guy in again?

    He keeps changing.

    • the real Terry says:

      @A Cap called V says, LOL you can bet it is not a WORK Party.

  19. Smiths says:

    Oh you have GOT to be kidding me! How many YEARS did YOUR people sit on that project and did sweet FA. YOUR people even blew up an exiting hotel to start their (non) perfect plan that never happened, and WASTED YEARS of time that could have been helping the economy or St Georges and given people HOSPITALITY jobs. So Jamal, go read YOUR parties plan for the site and then look at ALL the failures from that. Maybe if you bothered to do some research you’d find out whats going on.

  20. San George says:

    They are buying votes with the construction of the dock and repair of the bridge. They don’t need the hotel at this time. A few more prosecutions of PLP MP’s and OBA retains 19 seats. No Horton this time round. Let the fun begin.

    • Zen Warrior says:

      Ahhh, I see. So every capital project the government works on is buying votes? Right, got it.

      Port Royal = Buying votes
      Court Building = Buying votes
      Heritage Wharf = Buying votes
      (Do you see a pattern emerging?

      By the way, the dock construction is by the Corporation of St George’s, and the bridge repair is only needed because the PLP did no maintenance on it.

      Some people truly have no brain.

      • Bermyman says:

        overpaid and bloated civil service were ultimate vote buys!

  21. bluwater says:

    The announcement was for construction to commence Late 2017 or early 2017. I guess Jamahl thinks a weekly news story regardless of how lame will raise his profile.

  22. Get Going says:

    Perhaps because of that sad excuse of an opposition party blocking every attempt this Government is making at doing anything.

    PLP – standing strong for it’s leadership and screwing everyone else.

  23. Mary says:

    the old UBP man is still confused ,is there another party he can jump to ?

  24. Navin Johnson says:

    And the PLP announced so many start dates for the same project…..

  25. wassup says:

    For goodness sake, just once, once, please stop looking for just the negatives. Sure you have an election to win, but how about winning it with positive initiatives not constant moaning. You just cannot accept that after the PLP oversaw a massive decline in tourists, things are actually picking up now, can you. Now can it.

  26. Edmund Spenser says:

    Just another in a long list of the OBA isn’t fixing the things we messed-up fast enough. Oh and by the way, elect the PLP next time so they can mess-up some more things.

    • Earth watch police says:

      We all know who really f##ked st George’s plp took the wharfage fees stopped the cruise ships closed the golf course blew up the hotel so they could sell the rubble back to government for the dockyard fiasco almost forgot kicking Kenny Bascome off the beach.Real east enders are not stupid except those that the plp planted all over the east end .

  27. Cranberry says:

    Not a supporter of Mr. Simmons at all – but it is a good question..?!

  28. Sage says:

    Wow I see the PLP dislike trolls are working late tonight. Go to sleep Laverne!

    • steve says:

      the PLP massive dislike machine is sad. Well, these are the same people that don’t mind being robbed as long as its their people.Me?
      I will crucify anyone that robs me and I don’t care who they are…therefore I am.

    • Garrus says:

      LOL yeah, it’s SO obvious! Who do they think they’re fooling with their sneaky tricks?

  29. aceboy says:

    LOL Let’s put this into perspective.

    On January 5, 2017 (THIS YEAR) actual plans for the development were approved and technical officers advised the public that all issues had been addressed.

    It is March 3rd of that same year and the PLP are looking for explanations for delays and claiming there has been a fanfare made over the entire project.

    The fanfare we witnessed long before the OBA were elected over the same property was quite something. A former Premier proudly blew up a hotel, destroyed a golf course and its clubhouse and then we had repeated announcements about the imminent ground breaking and new investors, all of which was and were, what is called in the world of the internet, VAPORWARE.

    Here’s a little reminder:

    http://bernews.com/2010/10/hyatt-hotels-to-be-capital-investor/

    • Sara says:

      Exactly! Blew up the damn thing! It feels like they are living in an altered reality at times.

  30. Sara says:

    If this isn’t the pot calling the kettle lol. Do they know how hypocritical it all sounds? 13 years and 2 billion in debt.