WATERPARK ANNOUNCED For Ocean Park Aquarium
Ocean Park Aquarium To Get “Swim With The Dolphins” Attraction
BFP Trusted Source: Developer Of Competing Caribbean Splash Waterpark Told To Wait “Until After The Election”
Our sources at Barbados Free Press are a mixed bag who range from anonymous folks we have never met to people we have known all our lives. Some sources are well meaning while others have undisclosed agendas – even to the point of trying to feed us false information to damage our credibility.
It’s a tough world out there as far as journalism is concerned, made tougher still by the fact that we at BFP are amateurs that the government would love to shut down.
When we publish a story based upon inside information, we try to provide our readers with some assessment of the credibility of the source. Sometimes we caution our readers that we don’t know where the information came from. Other times we describe a source as “trusted” or “previously reliable”. You can’t count upon us to be perfect or 100% accurate, but you can always rely upon us to be honest and straight up with our readers. When we make mistakes, they are honest mistakes and we will tell you so.
Of course, when we are 100% bang on with an insider story, we like to brag about it a bit. Can’t blame us for that!
Government Approves Ocean Park Aquarium For Dolphin Swim & Waterpark
Over six weeks ago on April 22, 2007 we told our readers that the Government of Barbados had given approval for Ocean Park Aquarium to build a “swim with the dolphins” attraction. Our story also related that Ocean Park Aquarium had applied to build a waterslide feature, but that this approval was “on hold” because of concerns within the government about how competing waterpark developer Matthew Kerins would react when Ocean Park received approvals but he did not.
We see in today’s Nation News that Ocean Park has announced their new “swim with the dolphins” project – but they have also announced the waterpark development. (see The Nation News $10m More In The Ocean)
What Does This Mean For Kerins’ Caribbean Splash Waterpark?
As we told our readers over six weeks ago in our story Source: Caribbean Splash Waterpark Developer Told “Wait Until After The Election”, the Government of Barbados has a bit of a sticky wicket in Caribbean Splash developer Matthew Kerins.
According to our source, Kerins feels betrayed that he has paid over US$2 million in “consulting fees” to various Barbados “consultants” and has yet to receive permission to build – especially after a “very pleasant” meeting in 2005 with Mr. Leonard Nurse and Prime Minister Owen Arthur wherein the Prime Minister confirmed Mr. Nurse’s advice to Kerins that the waterpark should be built on government-owned land at Graeme Hall.
There is a popular resistance against the waterpark at Graeme Hall and area locals have collected over 6,000 signatures on a petition against the development. Widespread negative publicity about the waterpark, plus a general backlash against large scale developments near the proposed Graeme Hall National Park has made open support for the waterpark political suicide for a government that is on the ropes with many constituents.
The government would like to tell Matthew Kerins to “blow salt”… but is worried about what Kerins might further say in public regarding that matter of his 2 million dollars in “consulting fees”. Mr. Kerins has already been too vocal about these fees for the government’s liking, so the government has told him to keep quiet and wait until after the coming election when the government would be in a much better position to give their blessing.
So far, that strategy has worked for the government – but now that Ocean Park has let the cat out of the bag regarding their project, will Matthew Kerins hold his tongue and his temper?
Will Matthew Kerins really get his approvals after the election… or will the government then tell him that he is a plucked chicken and out 2 million dollars?
At least if Matthew doesn’t get his waterpark, he will know that he has been plucked by the best in the business!