This was one of many concerns raised by residents at the First District meeting called by its Representative and Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Leonora Delville Primary School in Cappoons Bay on September 5, 2021.
The dock on Salt Island was destroyed during the passage of hurricane Irma in 2017 and to date access to the island remains a challenge.
The island, with its salt ponds, is considered a tourist site as well as camping grounds.
The matter of the dock was put to the Government by one resident who identified herself as a descendant of Salt Island.
While noting that’s a matter that falls under Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), who was not present at the meeting, Premier Fahie said, “There were some issues that had to be worked out to make sure that they do not end up in the legal domain.”
“I will put it that way and say that it’s being worked out to make sure that we come with a common understanding,” adding that at the time he couldn’t confirm how close the government was to finalising the “common understanding” but promised residents that he would consult with Hon Wheatley for an update, which will be made public.
“But I know for a fact that was one of the major areas that is being ironed out,” Premier Fahie said.