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SLASPA, SLNT & SLAHS collaborate in rehabilitation plans for the island’s lighthouses

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The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) has collaborated with the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society (SLAHS) in its rehabilitation and restoration plans for the Moule a Chique and Vigie Lighthouses.

The lighthouses were erected in 1912 and 1914 respectively. Currently, these historic beacons are suffering the ravages of time and the elements, and therefore require rehabilitation. The Moule a Chique lighthouse in particular is in a state warranting repair. The Dome over time has corroded considerably and was recently taken down for safety reasons. SLASPA is in the process of implementing rehabilitation plans for the two lighthouses and has engaged the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society (SLAHS) for involvement in these plans.

A decision to collaborate on the project was made during a joint meeting of the three parties held on Monday, September 14, 2020 via the ZOOM platform. Upon deliberations, SLASPA, as the custodians of air and sea port operations agreed to spearhead the development of rehabilitation plans for the project, with an assurance from the Saint Lucia National Trust to assist with and create activities geared toward the sustainability of the same.

According to the Senior Manager- Business Development and Corporate Communications at SLASPA, Gasper George; “the lighthouses are of historic and national significance. For this reason, the collaboration between SLASPA, the Saint Lucia National Trust, and the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society will ensure their historic value is preserved in all aspects of the rehabilitation plans to be established.”

Chairperson of the Trust, Alison King, in pledging the commitment of her team toward realizing the success of this development, expressed satisfaction at the joint effort of all parties involved to meet the objectives of what must be considered a national initiative. According to her; “It is my expectation that other institutions will see the merit in engaging heritage management organizations in the initial stages of projects, keeping in mind the impact of decisions on the nation’s heritage assets.”

The organizations have agreed to explore mutually beneficial income-generating opportunities from the rehabilitated lighthouses.

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