Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU, part two

The previous article examined the clauses of the Tobago Sandals MoU and I took the position that those provisions were entirely in favour of Sandals, which was investing none of the capital. What is more, the MoU offers unspecified incentives and exemptions to Sandals, as well as a free hand in terms of purchasing and … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU, part two

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU

29th November 2018 was the first hearing of my Judicial Review of the refusal of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to provide a copy of the Tobago Sandals Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which I had requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) since 27th February 2018. At that hearing, the OPM agreed … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU

Property Matters – the Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals?

Property Matters – the Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals?

In which a Flying Pig births a White Elephant… If that phrasing sounds over-imaginative and gross, just consider these proposals for Tobago Sandals… The previous article stated the bare facts about this large-scale development and placed those for consideration.  The response, online and elsewhere, was such that I am now going to set out the … Continue reading Property Matters – the Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals?

Property Matters – Sandals Splinters

Property Matters – Sandals Splinters

#finefinefine In writing on the extent to which Public Money is stolen or wasted and the need for proper standards, I offered this equation for the reality check – EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC MONEY Minus Transparency Minus Accountability EQUALS CORRUPTION My previous articles have been focused on the gaps in the available information on the current … Continue reading Property Matters – Sandals Splinters

Property Matters – the Sandals case

Property Matters – the Sandals case

I applied to the High Court for a Judicial Review of the refusal of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to provide the Tobago Sandals MoU under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA). On 11th October 2018, I was granted leave to proceed with the Judicial Review and the Case Management Conference is set for … Continue reading Property Matters – the Sandals case

Property Matters – Sandals MoU? Part three

The previous article delved into the published information on the three existing State-owned hotels and juxtaposed that with the proposals for a Tobago Sandals. Apart from the unsatisfactory position with the State’s existing hotel investments and the reluctance to give details, I also updated readers on the missing MoU for the Tobago Sandals project. My … Continue reading Property Matters – Sandals MoU? Part three

Property Matters – Sandals MoU? Part two

The previous article updated readers on my attempts to obtain the Sandals Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed high-end, large-scale resort development in Tobago. That proposed development is said to be a significant part of our country’s diversification efforts so it requires our sober attention if we are to understand what is at stake. The … Continue reading Property Matters – Sandals MoU? Part two