By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor
NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas — New York based development company, StarPort Resorts, is significantly committed to The Bahamas with its 800-plus acre $1.4 billion eco-engineered Port St George resort project on the island of Long Island.
The predominantly residential project with various waterfront town houses and condominium spaces will also include a five-star hotel, a 640 berth marina, an 18-hole golf course, tennis, baseball, athletics, cricket and football facilities at Port St George, which will be complemented by a beach club, a yacht club, a culinary institute, retail, commercial and open-air market premises.
The 640-berth marina is just a portion of overall development of the harbour as it is envisioned to become a usable, staple of the Long Island economy for the transshipment of all of the island’s needs for the long term use and development of Long Island in addition to leading to developing the capacity for the reception of large pleasure craft.
Speaking with Duane Gerenser from StarPort Resorts, he said that this is a fantastic opportunity for island development for Long Island considering StarPort’s development objectives for the island and having a keen sense on what prospective home buyers and local residents would want from a multi-purpose developed area that serves every and all persons with the potential for future growth.
In addition to the port and harbour development, the Port St George team also has within its development focus the support of local sporting events, both land and aquatic, inclusive of training facilities for cricket, basketball and also supporting the local schools, in addition to making provisions for their own school on property, so that the all residents of the island can benefit from the shared success of the Port St George development.
Gerenser also said that the project also has provisions for the construction of a police and fire station in addition to a constituency team and events management arm to assist with the management and development and maintenance of the area in addition to the creation of activities for residents who wish to use the facilities.
With nearly a decade-long delay created by the 2008 financial downturn, the project is now picking up tremendous pace as the New York based architect Studio Hillier has been tapped as the design architect of the project.
Executive vice president of StarPort Resorts, James Moss, said that after this his team will be moving expeditiously to put more stakes in the ground to ensure that jobs and opportunities are created during these next phases as he said the government is in full support of their development aims and objectives.
Moss said that working in conjunction with environmental teams on the ground in Long Island as well as StarPort’s successful track record of developing eco-sensitive projects around the world has given the Port St George development a tremendous lift as eco-sensitive and socially sustainable developments is the wave of the future for both longevity an profit.
StarPort Resorts has a unique and special background in developing eco-sustainable and environmentally sensitive projects around the world. They have done work in other Caribbean countries such as Antigua and Anguilla and have built a respected name in both beach and mountain/snow-capped upscale resorts around the world.