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.


The mixed reaction to the Government’s selection of measures for easing the country out of the lockdown imposed in late August underscores the challenge of balancing lives and livelihood. The anguish expressed by business interests is understandable.

The reported threat posed to Trinidad and Tobago by the floating, storage and offloading vessel, the Nabarima, moored in nearby Venezuelan waters, has been of concern for nearly two months.

At age 74, and stricken with two “co-morbidi­ties”, as members of the medical profession would describe Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and asthma, I know that if ever I contracted the Covid-19 virus, odds are that it could be a fatal affliction, and I’d likely die during such encounter.

From the start, in an article titled “Brutal chapter”, I wrote on the Government’s cruel neglect of nationals stranded abroad by the pandemic. Recently, the Prime Minister admitted that “after eight months we really need to close this chapter”.

The financial health of the media is the responsibility of its managers, but its institutional health is the business of us all. Both are in trouble and although the economic pain falls most directly on media employees and shareholders, the debilitating impact on the institution is a matter for urgent national discussion and intervention. Our democracy demands it.

In his 1980 presidential debate with President Jimmy Carter, Republican opponent Ronald Reagan looked the audience in the eyes and asked: “Are you better off [today] than you were four years ago?”