Desert Star Holdings Ltd Chairman Teo Ah Khing (l) with Prime Minster Allen Chastanet (r)
Prime Minster Allen Chastanet joined Desert Star Holdings Ltd Chairman Teo Ah Khing on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 to provide an update on the recently recommenced DSH project.
Much was revealed, including a new completion date for the racetrack, now set for October of this year. Also revealed was new concept art for the various planned structures included the aforementioned track as well as a cruise ship terminal, airport, hotel park and beachfront.
On the topic of cruise ships, the prime minister spoke of his recent meeting with stakeholders in Miami, Florida. The PM met with Royal Caribbean and Carnival and said that discussion has begun to formally include them in the project. They have been consulted to ensure that the plans for new structures meet their standards.
While in Florida, Chastanet also paid a visit to Gulfstream Park, a casino and racetrack, where he was able to witness a race with a US$ 16 million purse. The PM says that Gulfstream’s horseracing track will be identical to the one to be built in St Lucia and St Lucia will seek to replicate its village-type infrastructure in terms of office, residential and commercial spaces.
Ah Khing gave a timeline of two to three years for the construction of facilities beyond the racetrack and praised St Lucia as a jewel in the region with tremendous potential and sees a future where events will bring many people to the island.
The racetrack requires that an equine disease free zone be established to ensure the health of the horses, necessitating that the abattoir and farm in Beausejour be relocated. The abattoir building is to be repurposed and another one built elsewhere in the country.