St Thomas break­away be­ing ad­dressed at last

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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.

KENYON HEMANS

Clin­ton Walker, owner and op­er­a­tor at Morant Villa Ho­tel.

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