PROGRESSIVE Democratic Patriots (PDP) political leader Watson Duke has promised to build a cruise ship complex in Plymouth.
Addressing a political meeting in Plymouth recently, Duke chastised the PNM-led Tobago House of Assembly for what he considers to be the lack of development in the area. He told supporters the cruise ship complex will be built after the Tobago House of Assembly election, constitutionally due in 2021.
Duke, who is contesting the Tobago East seat in the August 10 general election, said the complex will generate economic activity in the fishing community. “Folks, we are putting a cruise ship complex right in Plymouth that will bring a beehive of activity,” he told supporters.
Duke said the complex will be fully self-contained. “People will be buying craft. And people who want a little coffee when they are shopping could sit down and get free wifi. People will want some Tobago food. The horizon looks bright in Plymouth.” In his address, Duke also said he plans to introduce what he called community economics to the island.
The initiative would allow every village to get $10 million to spend on projects. He said the plan will create a shift in the manner in which village councils operate. “We will be reorganising things at the village council but the money will not be placed in the president’s pocket.