Resort project opposed.
RESORT PROJECT OPPOSED. Nearly 300 people, ranging from poor
Garifuna villagers to rich resort owners, from the communities of
Placencia peninsula confronted the investors and developers of the Ara
Macao Resort project, along with government officials, who presented
themselves as being one with Ara Macao, reports Caribbean Net News (May
9, 2006). The proposed development includes: Accommodations for just
under 13,000 people; 67 acre marina holding up to 400 boats of up to 100
feet long and involving dredging on the Caribbean side of 1.2 million
cubic yards of fill; Two 9-hole golf courses; 296 villas (in 2-story
buildings); 458 condos (in 4-story buildings); 260 room hotel; 59 single
family houses; 106,250 square foot casino and night club. Paul Goguen
president of ioVesp Developments, the developers of the Ara Macao
project was unavailable for comment.