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Details of marina plan for St George to be announced today

Visiting yachts lined up in St George (File photograph)

More details on a plan for a new marina in St George’s are expected to be revealed in the House of Assembly tomorrow.

Wayne Furbert, the acting Minister of Public Works, will give a statement on the project, mentioned in last week’s Throne Speech.

The Government has said it planned to develop a strategic plan for the town, including the construction of a marina.

Mr Furbert added: “I am pleased to advise that a solution had been found to advance the marina project for St George’s which will see the Corporation of St George's benefit from a leasehold arrangement and the rental income and revenue that will come.

“In a ministerial statement to the House of Assembly on Friday I will provide additional details, including a timeline for the start of work on the marina as well as a projected date for completion.”

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the public works minister, who has been absent from his post for several months, said last November that the regeneration of St George's could turn it into a world-class yachting centre.

He said at the time that superyacht legislation would be “harnessed” to present a Bill to support the construction of a marina.

Colonel Burch added: “The marina will be a catalyst for the transformation of St George’s into a world-renowned yachting destination.

“Development of the marina will also have the benefit of providing much needed economic stimulation and community pride in the Olde Towne.”

The Opposition One Bermuda Alliance will give its response to Government’s Throne Speech today.

The Cruise Ships (Casinos) Amendment Act – which will allow cruise ships to extend their casino opening hours in port – will get its second reading.

The Bermuda National Trust Amendment Act, designed to allow an administrative shake-up of the trust, will also get a second reading.

Public safety restrictions could be extended when MPs consider the Public Health (Covid-19) Emergency Extension (No. 6) Order.

Several ministers are scheduled to deliver statements to the House.

David Burt, the Premier, will reveal the steps taken to set up a project management office to help an economic recovery plan.

Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance, will report on Bermuda’s fiscal performance in the first and second quarters of the financial year.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, will update MPs on a plan for universal health coverage.

Jason Hayward, the Minister of Labour, will announce a start date for streamlined Permanent Residents Certificate for long-term residents.

The changes opened a route to residency for non-Bermudians divorced from Bermudians and unmarried parents of Bermudian children who have spent more than 15 years on the island.

Children of Permanent Residents Certificate holders will also have an avenue to security.

Lawrence Scott, the transport minister, will reveal the latest revenues earned by airport operator Skyport.


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Published November 12, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated November 12, 2021 at 7:43 am)

Details of marina plan for St George to be announced today

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