Very much like getting the scraps from Massa’s table, San Fernandians continue to get bits and pieces of information on the progress of the waterfront project from official sources.
As for the much-touted construction of the coastal wall by a renowned Cuban contractor, the project has now seemingly being reduced to the sloping of the coastline to the water’s edge and packing with stones.
It seems this is being done by a local contractor whose equipment has been seen digging and grading in the area. This type of coastal protection is called rip rap, where small stones have to be set in concrete, as only large stones can stand on their own.
The work so far seems to be the removal of the top surface of the shoulder of the road and replacement with gravel that is compacted, presumably for a top surfacing with material that is unknown at this time.
The preparation of the shoulder has continued to the boatyard, and some permanent structures from the Hatters panyard area, with some box drain work being done on the opposite side.
Despite the announcement last October that the PTSC garage was 90-per cent removed, today it is 100 per cent still there, and all squatters alongside Lady Hailes Avenue are still in place. There are no known attempts at removing these permanent squatters, some of whom have concrete houses.
The main area of the waterfront, i.e, fish market and San Carlos Plaza areas, remain untouched, presumably until 2030, as advertised on their project board.
I am afraid San Fernandians still have a very long wait for any meaningful progress with regard to this project.