Despite the criticism by some, Dwight Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Bramble, the New Democratic Party’s East Kingstown candidate in the upcoming General Elections, has again pitched his idea for the establishment of a water park here.
He did so while speaking at the NDP’s virtual meeting on September 10, when he referred to existing water parks in St Lucia and Jamaica as example of successful economic and social initiatives.
“In St Lucia, they have a water park known as ‘Splash Island Water Park’; in Jamaica, and I have been to this one, there is also a water park called ‘Kool Runnings Water Park’ in Negril.
“So wha happen to St Vincent, we are de wuss (worse)? Why can’t we have a water park in the same way?” he questioned.
According to Bramble, the park can be set up in the area of Sion Hill Bay which, he said, was under ongoing threat by erosion caused by natural wave movement and other factors related to climate change.
The water park was a good way of mitigating the erosion issue, Bramble insisted.
“I am not the technical expert, I am not the environmentalist – I am the economist, and I’m telling you that water park will create 150 jobs to construct the facility and 60 jobs to operate and maintain it,” he said.
Bramble first broached the idea of a water park on August 26, when he also described the facility as having spinoff opportunities for business people to open stores, restaurants and bars.