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Ferry Terminal: Relocate or Rebuild?

by: - January 14, 2020
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Roseau Ferry Terminal (file photo)

The Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his government has been debating whether to relocate the Roseau Ferry Terminal to complement the promised cruise village or rebuild the existing one.

Speaking at an event on Monday evening to present plans for the Roseau Revitalisation Project, Prime Minister Skerrit who is also Minister for Planning, Resilience and Sustainable Development says the terminal lacks a welcome appeal.

“It was not built with a long-term vision but we have to recognise that this is where most of our tourists first enter Dominica. People complain and every year we’re adding to [the terminal] now it is literally on the street.

“People have to get their bags form the vehicle [whiel standing] in the main road. If we’re going to increase our [visitors] which we certainly will with the advent of our hotels, we have to address this. The question is, if we keep it there, what must be done to enhance the visitor experience?

“Then you have the issue of its relocation to the cruise ship village. You will have a year-round flow of passengers and more business opportunities for the vendors.”

If the decision is to keep the terminal on the Roseau Bayfront, Hon Skerrit proposes the option of a new multi-storey facility on the existing site of the Roseau Ferry Terminal.