By Jaedee Caines

The Observer

The Nevis Island Administration in conjunction with the Pinney’s Estate Development Agency; a division of the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation officially launched the sale of residential and commercial lots at Pinney’s Estate on Thursday.

The ceremony took place at the eastern end of the By-pass Road and was very handsomely attended.

Manager of the N.H.L.D.C., Lloyd Lescott in a very stern yet captivating manner gave the welcome remarks. “It is indeed a proud moment for all Nevisians” said Lescott, as he addressed government officials and other dignatories, businessmen and women, members of the media and other specially invited guests. Lescott highlighted that although there were numerous difficulties, he is satisfied with the progress thus far.

Nicholas Brisbane who is the Engineering Consultant for the project encouraged Nevisians to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the government as Kittitians have already expressed their interest in acquiring land at the site. He outlined his role in the project and said that after much discussions with Minister Guishard it has been decided that incentives will be given to land owners. “Minister Guishard feels that although the lands will be sold, persons might not want to develop it at that time,” said Brisbane.

“13 years to develop a country is a very short time,” said Honourable Malcolm Guishard, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Telecommunications and Information, Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Co-operatives and Fisheries as he commenced his address at the launching ceremony. While not elaborating on the topic, he took persons on a brief journey highlighting some of the major developments on the island. Minister Guishard spoke of the negative comments he’s heard about the project but feels quite enthusiastic about it. He said, “it is an exciting project,” and had high praise for Project Manager, Bob Hull and all of the other organisers. Minister Guishard used the opportunity to inform those gathered that plans for the construction of the five-star hotel are going smoothly. He also revealled the administration’s plans to develop the 100 acres of land at the top of Jessups Village also for residential and commercial use.

The Honourable Premier and Minister with responsibility for Finance, Education and Library Services, Human Resources, Labour, Economic Planning and Development, Trade and Industry and Youth and Sports was also heartened by how much the island of Nevis has developed. He said his administration is not into the habit of promising more than they are able to deliver. “We approach our job with seriousness,” said Premier Amory. He too made mention of the five-star hotel and villa development which will soon come to the island of Nevis. He said, “I see it as a means of generating new wealth for the people of Nevis as 1000 to 1500 jobs will be available within the next five to seven years.”

Lillith Richards, Acting Director of the Physical Planning Unit also made brief remarks at the ceremony while Bob Hull chaired the event and gave the vote of thanks.