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    Mr. Ratt and Andrea:

    I could not agree with both of you more. Need I say more...I don't think so.

    And this, also, is my opinion.

    Ed

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    I am a tourist who goes to the island for two weeks every year for the last 30 years, on and off, but mostly on, probably about 10-12 years consecutively now. i had hoped to do that every year as long as i am physically able, for the rest of my life.
    Now i am not so sure
    As a tourist, my opinion doesn't count, nor should it. This affects the resident Arubans way more than it affects us tourists. They are the ones that count.
    But I'll give my opinion anyway, and it stands with most everyone else here. This is a travesty. Its the final nail in the coffin of the old Aruba
    I started coming when there were 4 high rise hotels - the Concord (now the westin) the Americana (now the Allegro), the Holiday Inn, and i don't remember the fourth one. But it was paradise.
    Now we have the among others, the RIU, which looks like it belongs in Mumbai, not in Aruba
    And we have Hooters, and Dunkin, and now Starbucks. All very convenient. But boy, the island has changed. Not for the better
    I hope if they do build this thing, that flights are added, because its hard enough. And i hope they build more roads, bring in more taxis, etc. If they do, then it will be bearable, and a decent vacation, though not much different than going to Palm Beach in Florida, x the casinos. If they dont, its gonna be a mess, and tourists WILL find other places to go. And if you think the local economy has problems now, wait till that happens.
    Just my two cents.
    People, become a fan of the Facebook sight, mentioned earlier. Its up to 2700. May not do any good, but better than not trying

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    Prato -

    The facebook site specifically asks for tourists and visitors to sign the
    petition and be active because tourism is the heart of Aruba's economy.
    You speak w/ your travel dollars and that is an important voice that
    the gov't needs to hear. Because when enough tourists say
    "We don't like what you have been doing and might go someplace
    else" that is a very important statement.

    Yes, the residents here also have a big say too.

    But this should be a united effort because the more people who speak
    out, the more the people in power might have to pay attention!

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    Still no construction permit Ritz Carlton
    15 Apr, 2010, 08:15 (GMT -04:00)

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    Part of the fence placed around the terrain on which the Ritz Carlton hotel will be constructed at Fisherman’s Hut.
    ORANJESTAD — Department Public Works (DOW) has still not granted a building permit for the construction of the Ritz Carlton at Fisherman’s Hut. The five-star hotel with 320 rooms should open its doors in 2012.

    Director Jossy Figaroa explains that DOW is still busy with the construction calculations, which the developers had submitted at the end of March. In the meantime, one currently busy clearing the terrain for construction, has placed fences, also working on the road diversion.

    There had been another protest action (see page 9 of this edition) last Sunday against the construction of the hotel. Through Verona Carter, Ritz Carlton announced that the hotel company is aware of the ‘citizens’ concerns’, and is working on ‘an appropriate manner to address them’. Until now, she has not announced how this would actually take place. “We have a protracted reputation with regard to environment and social obligations towards the communities in which we have hotels. This also applies for Aruba. We consider the concerns of the Aruban population important and are convinced that we can solve whatever cases in a positive manner”, says Carter, Director of Public Relations for the Caribbean region and Mexico.
    The hotel company states it is not informed on the debate in the parliament and the criticism on the former MEP-government on how the latter had granted the terrain. “We have complete faith in the Aruban government and their policy and procedures, both from the former and the current government.”

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    "Government still negotiating other location for Ritz Carlton
    28 Apr, 2010, 08:58 (GMT -04:00)
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    ORANJESTAD — The government is still trying to convince Ritz Carlton and investors group Hotelco of an alternative location. Tourism-minister Otmar Oduber (AVP) is negotiating this matter.

    Infrastructure-minister Benny Sevinger (AVP) announced the aforementioned. The activities to enable the construction of the five-star hotel at Fisherman’s Hut are in full swing. Nevertheless, the Minister still has ‘hoop as long as the first stone has not been laid yet’. According to him, the government has now entered the ‘second phase’, after it had received the legal advice not to stop the project. That would namely lead to a claim of millions, according to that advice. The second phase implies that the government, or Minister Oduber, will try to convince the Ritz Carlton to build the hotel elsewhere. “That could be realized by buying another hotel, demolishing the building and constructing another. Or renovate it and make it a Ritz Carlton with the current employees and infrastructure.” The Minister does not know whether the hotel chain is interested in an alternative location, for example San Nicolas. “They are satisfied with the current terrain and it is difficult to convince them of something different. Of course, it must be a good alternative for them as well.”

    Contract
    Two weeks ago, Ritz Carlton had informed Amigoe they were aware of the discontentment on the arrival of the hotel. Director of Public Relations for the Caribbean area and Mexico, Verona Carter, had also stated at the time that Ritz Carlton had not been informed of new negotiations for the hotel project. After the last protest against the hotel at the Fisherman’s Hut, Premier Mike Eman (AVP) had said the Ritz Carlton would arrive – no matter what. According to him, the contracts concluded by the former MEP-government are watertight. According to Minister Sevinger, AVP-parliamentarians have requested a second opinion on the legal advice regarding the contracts, and asked ‘whether this investigation is in progress.’ It is not known when this question had been asked. However, after the adjourned debate in the States on hotel terrains, the party had indicated it intended to introduce a similar motion. Sevinger emphasizes that the undertaken contracts by the former government ‘are in an advanced stage’. “One cannot stop the project just like that, unless you have the millions to start the battle – which we do not have.” He is therefore of the opinion that political party RED is not taking the matter that seriously. “Who is going to pay, when we receive a 70-million claim?” Moreover, Sevinger regrets few people were mobilized for a protest when the former government had been working on the project. “I had attended several gatherings, but everyone had lacked the power or courage at the time to make a stand against the government. It is easy to express criticism now that everything has nearly been settled, he says.

    “Nevertheless, Nelson Oduber and Marisol Lopez-Tromp are responsible for this project and the consequences for the vacationers, fishermen and windsurfers. The population could still tackle them for that incorrect decision.”

    Protest
    Meanwhile, the protest against the construction of the hotel is still in progress. Environmental organizations and other activists will be standing at Havana to collect signatures on Queen’s Day from ten o’clock in the morning. The activists eventually want to present the government and the parliament a petition signed by as many people as possible.

    Halt the project
    In a press report, RED had previously stated they found the government could still halt the project. The party is of the opinion that the current government is making the same mistakes as the previous government. RED is also not convinced that a claim of millions will have to be paid if the government halts the construction. In this, they refer to the court case on Trias Resort, which the Country had eventually won at the Supreme Court. The government had halted that hotel project, but did not have to pay any claim after all, according to RED. Also at that time, the government had already made promises and a guarantee to Trias. The party states it will forward another letter to Ritz Carlton regarding the protest against the hotel. They also want to tell the shareholders of the hotel company that the project is amongst others ‘so controversial’ that it will tarnish the good name of Ritz Carlton."

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    Hotelco ready to start construction Ritz-Carlton
    26 Mei, 2010, 08:20 (GMT -04:00)

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    ORANJESTAD — Hotelco is ready to start the first construction activities for the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Pedro Vera, who is responsible for the construction on behalf of Hotelco, stated the aforementioned. Local media had reported last Saturday that the building permit for the five-star hotel was granted. However, Vera does not possess the document yet. “A small detail still requires changing by the DOW-counter, but I will be collecting the document today.”

    The first activities that are scheduled, regards the implementation of a series of tests on the locations where the foundation will be laid. “Engineers from Venezuela and France will be visiting Aruba for that purpose.” According to Vera, these tests will take one week. “We had actually wanted to do this last week already, but it was scheduled for the coming week.”

    Local workers
    Once that has been accomplished, a start can be made with piling the ground and laying the foundation. “With such a project, this normally takes approx. six months, but I estimate we will be ready within two and a half months, because we are namely using a new digital pike-driver machine”, says Vera. Hotelco has employed a constructor, Saint A Contractors, who is currently preparing the terrain and putting up fences that screen off the terrain from the road and the beach. Vera further indicates that the Aruban Road Construction Company will take care of the roads surrounding the hotel. Vera emphasizes that local people will build the hotel. “We will employ local subcontractors and we will be supply a master carpenter for the finer works. If often occurs that this specialist also trains local people and leaves the island afterwards.” Vera indicates that during the entire scheduled three-year construction period, approx. 700 to 800 people will be involved with the construction of the hotel. “The construction will be finished in two years and the interior work will be done during the last year.”

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    The construction permit for the Ritz-Carlton hotel was completed last week. Just before that, DOW-director Jossy Figaroa indicated the permit would be ready ‘within two to three weeks’. It was announced during the past months that the permit would be granted within short. During a press conference this morning, AVP party-chairman Rene Herde indicated that Infrastructure-minister Benny Sevinger (AVP) postponed the construction permit in connection with the budgetary discussion. State-member Juan David Yrausquin (AVP) submitted a request to State-chairman Andy Lee (AVP) for an interpellation of Infrastructure-minister Benny Sevinger (AVP). Yrausquin wants to question Sevinger on the second legal advice to the government on challenging the construction of the Ritz-Carlton hotel or not.

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    Three years to build a Hotel using 700-800 people that seems like a long time...

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