St Thomas breakaway being addressed at last
Despite the obvious dust nuisance stifling the surrounding areas of Wharf Road in Morant Bay, St Thomas, where a sea wall is being erected, at least one business operator in the vicinity is welcoming what he described as a long-overdue improvement.
Clinton Walker, who spearheads his family business – Morant Villas Hotel, which stands across the street, hovering above the new wall – told THE STAR that he is willing to suffer the discomfort for a while to facilitate the necessary upgrade.
“The construction is a little bother with the dust because it’s really not the normal amount of dust that’s coming in over here, but you know you have to suffer a little bit. We wait too long fi dis already suh we can’t complain now that we see it come,” he said.
Repairs to the road became necessary after a section was significantly damaged by the sea. Walker celebrated the time in which the work is being done as his hotel has been closed for the past few months due to the global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus.
While the breakaway wasn’t affecting his 30-odd-year-old business, he shared that people who traverse the area were worried for their safety.
“I know around two or three vehicles that went over there into the sea already because of the breakaway. It’s just a worry for people on the main road because that’s the main thoroughfare when going to Portland or anywhere that side, so we’re just glad that it’s starting,” he said, adding that though he cannot say when the villas will reopen for business, he is hopeful for the seawall’s completion before that time.
The project is one of many preliminary construction works being undertaken across the parish as a part of the highly anticipated Southern Coastal Highway Improvement
Plan in St Thomas and Portland.
Clinton Walker, owner and operator at Morant Villa Hotel.