Government Contemplates Closing Halcyon Cove Next Year
Monday 29th October, 2018-Prime Minister Gaston Browne has hinted that government is considering closing Halcyon Cove Hotel by the first half of next year so that much needed refurbishment of the property can begin.
However, that will be dependent on whether the government finds an investor that is willing to collaborate on the project.
Mr. Browne’s comments follow revelations last week by the Attorney General that the case involving the revocation of the leasehold on the hotel was successfully litigated.
In 2015, through a parliamentary resolution, government compulsorily acquired the property at Dickenson Bay, citing the owners’ inability to carry out repairs and the non-payment of lease obligations among other issues.
The plan then was for Sandals Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart to take over the property and to construct a five star resort.
However, the hotel’s principals moved to the court, where they sought and received a temporary injunction against the government, preventing it from following through with its plans to end the 99 year lease.
Now that the path has been cleared by the court, Prime Minister Browne, speaking on the Browne and Browne show at the weekend says talks will begin shortly with interested parties, aimed at improving the standard of Halcyon Cove Hotel.