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Tobago police are probing
the murder of Dale Boucher, of
Bethesda, Plymouth, who became
the second person killed on the is-
land for 2017.
According to reports, residents of
the area heard loud explosions around
10.30 last Thursday night and on
checking Boucher, also known as 'Dale
Crooks' and 'Redman,' was found dead
in the roadway.
Boucher, a father of one, was shot in
the head and died on the spot.
Police told Tobago Today that
Boucher was known to them. They
also said his killing may have been
drug-related. Plymouth residents have
also blamed an ongoing turn war as
the motive for his killing.
"The whole thing is an up the road
and down the road drugs war. It have
plenty drugs in Plymouth right now,
who have it harder and all kind of non-
sense. So the down the road boys find
up the road have it harder and they
does be going at one another all the
time, but now it turn deadly," a resi-
dent, who preferred to remain anon-
Police believe the gunman was wait-
ing for Boucher under a nearby bridge.
His body was ordered removed to
the Scarborough Hospital Mortuary
for an autopsy to be conducted.
Up to print time, no suspect was
in custody in connection with the
murder. However, a source close to
the investigation revealed it was at a
sensitive stage and they are pursuing
certain leads available to them.
It was only on January 5 that the
island recorded its first murder. Kurt
'Tibbs' Clarke of Lambeau was killed
in the back of Orange Hill during a
drive by shooting. No one has been
held in connection with that killing.
The Tobago Homicide Bureau is
continuing investigations into both
al says it will this year
begin reconstruction of
the old Dragon Bay hotel
in Portland, transforming
it into a 157-suite six-star
boutique family resort at
a cost of US$100 million.
"That will be our 12th ho-
tel investment in Jamaica,"
Sandals deputy chairman
and CEO Adam Stewart
told guests attending last
ing of a US$50-million
hotel and BMW/MINI
complex in St An-
by Sandals, ATL,
tional and BMW.
"It's not going to be a
Beaches or Sandals. It's
going to be a brand new
brand," said Stewart,
whose father Gordon
is the founder and
chairman of Sandals
and Beaches Resorts
and the ATL Group,
which includes this
"This has been a lifelong
dream for my dad in particular,"
said the younger Stewart, whose
father praised him for "doing a
great, great job in leading the
(ATL Group's) motor car divi-
"Dragon Bay has been a long
time in coming. The reason
we're doing it is a commitment
made by the prime minister and
Minister (Daryl) Vaz to make the
Ian Fleming International Air-
port truly accessible to com-
mercial jet aircraft. That was the
commitment that we needed, to
make Portland accessible, and
true to our word, now that that
project is happening, Dragon
Bay will happen," the younger
The Sandals group formally
acquired the Dragon Bay Beach
Resort on March 22, 2002 from
the former owners Albert Abe-
la Corporation and SSI Cayman
However, poor roads and the
inadequacy of the Ken Jones
Aerodrome have resulted in
Sandals placing a hold on de-
veloping the property. The elder
Stewart had long argued that the
poor infrastructure in the par-
ish was incompatible with the
quality product that is planned
for Dragon Bay.
Over the years, the govern-
ment got the main road lead-
ing from Ocho Rios to Portland
fixed. Then in 2009 the Bosco-
bel Aerodrome in St Mary was
renovated and renamed the Ian
Fleming International Airport.
However, the runway need-
ed expanding to allow smaller
commercial jets to use the air-
port, a move that industry an-
alysts argue would drive more
tourist traffic to Portland, St
Mary and Ocho Rios.
Last September, the gov-
ernment announced that the
runway would be expanded, a
decision that has found favour
with the elder Stewart, who had
long argued that bigger regional
jet aircraft of between 55 and 100
seats, such as flown by Amer-
ican Airlines, Air Canada, US-
AIR, JetBlue, and Delta, need a
minimum of 5,700 to 6,000 feet
of runway, compared to the ex-
isting 4,780 feet at Ian Fleming.
Last Friday, he told the Jamai-
ca Observer that "with the new
airport planned at Boscobel to
take jets, our plans are now in
He said the Dragon Bay resort
will provide up to 800 jobs in the
construction phase and just over
500 permanent positions when
it is up and running.
Stewart and his team project
that the resort's guests and staff
will consume more than 2,000
meals daily, therefore local
farmers will benefit as they will
be included in the hotel's link-
ages purchasing programme.
The resort, he pointed out,
will also provide income-gen-
erating opportunities for trans-
port operators, tour companies,
and attraction owners.
"In that part of the world,
which is just glorious, we would
hope to sell a huge number of
tours, between rafting on the
Rio Grande, Nonsuch Caves, the
multiple shopping tours and all
the other land and water attrac-
tions," the elder Stewart said.
"A lot of Jamaicans are famil-
iar with the old Dragon Bay. It's
a precious site, unrivalled any-
where in the world.
"We really think it will bring
a huge amount of benefit to
the region and we are looking
to add a few luxury villas to the
He said the new hotel "is going
to be unique in every way" and
pointed out that "Sandals has
led the all-inclusive industry
with innovation after innova-
tion that have been a treasure
chest for competitive brands"
He pointed to a long list
of innovations, among them
swim-up bars, swim-up rooms,
speciality restaurants and wrap-
around swim-up pool bars.
"Going as far back as the ear-
ly 80s we were the first in this
hemisphere to put hairdryers
in the hotel bedrooms," Stew-
"Innovations are going to be
part and parcel of Dragon Bay.
It will be the introduction of a
brand new concept."
Added Stewart: "Dragon Bay
will be the pride of Portland and
the anchor for all future resorts
to come to Portland. This is San-
dals Resorts' most beautiful real
estate and it will be our best
work ever." (Jamaica Observer)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sandals Resorts
also plan a major development
in Tobago later this year.
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