Minister Updates On St. Georges Hotel Project

December 8, 2017 | 18 Comments

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Jamahl Simmons provided an update on the progress of the hotel development in St. Georges in the House of Assembly today [Dec 8], saying “the progress has been visible – the commitment to hiring Bermudian professionals is genuine – and the pledge to the people of St. Georges, and Bermuda’s overall tourism product, is becoming more of a reality each day.”

“Through the investment in the bricks-and-mortar projects and roadworks, to the investment in our people by creating hundreds of jobs in multiple industries, we are poised to return Bermuda to the tourism apex – not just by creating jobs, but by enriching an industry and, in doing so, our islands culture,” the Minister said.

“I look forward to updating this Honorable house in the New Year with further developments at this site. The developers and my Ministry remain in constant contact and are committed to progress. We are excited of the developments to date and extremely optimistic that we will see those professional renderings become a reality for Bermudians and visitors to enjoy.”

The Minister’s full statement follows below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning to update this Honorable house with the progress of the hotel development in St. Georges.

For years the residents in the East have been holding out hope that some form of development would take place, which in turn could assist with reviving the ole town that will provide much needed jobs at the new hotel – from entry level to management. This development should also encourage existing businesses to prepare for the additional customers and offer opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.

Mr. Speaker, the progress has been visible – the commitment to hiring Bermudian professionals is genuine – and the pledge to the people of St. Georges, and Bermuda’s overall tourism product, is becoming more of a reality each day.

Mr. Speaker, on the technical side, since the last update the developers have confirmed that there have been numerous soil tests, with excavation and road works well underway. In fact, there are several photos of the project posted on social media [Facebook] by area residents who are seeing progress on a daily basis.

To address and facilitate the first phases – and produce a lasting ‘roadworks’ product – Barry Road has undergone realignment, surface improvements and asphalting. A Bermudian company, G.L Construction, was engaged by the developers and contracted to carry out this work. I would commend G.L Construction on a job well done!

Mr. Speaker, in addition to all of the roadworks the ‘Hotel Excavation and Fill’ process is well underway. I’ve had the pleasure of touring the site with the developers to witness this progress. I must say Mr. Speaker, it is exciting! We are well beyond the shovels-in-the-ground phase. We are now seeing real-time activity and that’s just what we have committed to deliver.

In January another Bermudian company, Crisson Construction Ltd., will begin the ‘piling’ phase. For those who may not know what a pile is, I can say it is simply a long cylinder made from a strong material such as steel that is hammered into the ground – then filled with concrete. These piles will steady support for structures built on top of it. Once the piling has been completed, the foundation works for the hotel will proceed. The progress beyond this point will be very noticeable.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind area residences that the hammering of the piles does make a bit of noise. Fortunately, there aren’t many residents in the direct vicinity of the piling area – but I would still like to prepare them for any added noise they may hear. The piling is expected to last for around three months.

In the first weeks in the New Year, the very foundation of a once-forgotten land will be formed. Simultaneously the site will be thoroughly prepared for the next construction phases and that implies the ring-fencing of the site, the installation of facilities for the work force, offices for the technical teams, workshops and warehouses.

Mr. Speaker, I had been made aware of concerns raised at a recent public meeting between residents and the hotel developers about the access to St. Catherine Beach. As Minister I wish to reiterate to my Honorable colleagues and the general public alike that Gates Beach, more commonly referred to as Fort St Catherine Beach, will remain open and accessible to the public, as it is stated in St. George´s Resort Act 2015 – that the public shall have, free of charge, reasonable access to any beach and foreshore on the property. Let me be clear: This is a public beach. The developers are aware of this and supportive of its use by all.

I want to ensure all, that this Government and the developers remain open to keep the St George’s residents and their constituency Members of Parliament apprised as the development progresses.

Mr. Speaker, building a world-class tourism product is one of the reasons Bermuda became known for tourism. It was not just the developments of hotels, restaurants and golf courses – but a showcasing of our culture and our people.

Mr. Speaker, this development celebrates those things in clear ways, as it brings to Bermuda a renowned hotel brand, operated by a world leading hotel operator.

Through the investment in the bricks-and-mortar projects and roadworks, to the investment in our people by creating hundreds of jobs in multiple industries, we are poised to return Bermuda to the tourism apex – not just by creating jobs, but by enriching an industry and, in doing so, our islands culture.

Mr. Speaker, I look forward to updating this Honorable house in the New Year with further developments at this site. The developers and my Ministry remain in constant contact and are committed to progress. We are excited of the developments to date and extremely optimistic that we will see those professional renderings become a reality for Bermudians and visitors to enjoy.

This Government is unwavering in its commitment to St. Georges, her people, and all of Bermuda.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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  1. Double S says:

    Hold on. Is the PLP really trying to take credit for a development they vehemently opposed when in Opposition? The same development that they started the rumour about beach access?

    PLP are truly shameless. But I guess when you have nothing to show its best to claim others achievements as your own.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    Jamahl Simmons should receive a Pinochio award for hypocrisy and downright misinformation and fake news. To take credit for the St Regis Hotel is downright disgusting, but to be expected. Expect more from this “new and worse than the old” PLP.

  3. Rights for All says:

    It won’t be much longer before Jamahl takes credit for the success of AC35 and all the benefits it has for Bermuda.

    • Wahoo juice says:

      Ha ha! You beat me to that one.

      • Ringmaster says:

        Add the airport too. It will be their idea which and will create lots of jobs, blah blah.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Just wait for opening day of the new airport & see who is down there strutting about like a bunch of roosters. It will be like 1998 when shortly after the election & when the then new arrivals hall was opened. Not a single word of acknowledgement towards the UBP who made it happen from the PLP.

      Childish to say the least.

  4. Zevon says:

    Don’t you love it when these 1diots take credit for the new hotel. Watch them take credit for the jobs it creates too.
    Amd they wonder why everyone hates them. Effin hypocrites. Especially Jahmal.

    • Ringmaster says:

      Correction, it seems the majority love him and his colleagues. They believe all this bs. It will soon be clear that having the foxes guard the hen house is going to result in real hardship. Increased taxes in 2018 for sure as starters.

  5. Point boy says:

    A whole lot of “Updates” but no resolve? One hundred days and counting!

    Love the poster man Premieres poses.

    Globe trotting on my dollars. Some hell

  6. Marge says:

    I said it before Jamahal Simmons,needs to be replaced….

  7. jt says:

    Mr.Speaker,
    In conclusion, I would like to both congratulate and thank the former government for putting into place everything that I have just outlined.

  8. Warlord2 says:

    Riding the coattails of the OBA

  9. cpm says:

    I thought the minister was against America’s cup and rugby but suddenly he is accepting the revenue generated

  10. Spanner breath says:

    HIPPO CRITS.
    Amazing wonder how all his voters feel. If there honest

  11. Kiskadee says:

    We need to get rid of gambling . It will ruin families and children will be without food as the fathers lose any money they have . The PLP need to also get rid of Jamal Simmons as he is responsible for all the wrong things happening . Why is the Premier allowing him to take over ?
    I am sure there are good , sensible people in the PLP who are not happy with a lot of what is going on . Speak to your Premier and if he is wise and listens then he can put a stop to all these unwise bills being pushed through

  12. James says:

    I wish the casino was open I would place a bet that this hotel never gets built.

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