Robert Devaux to be Honoured

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Gros Islet streets named after influential men

Office of Prime Minister - Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 11:58 AM

PRESS RELEASE - The Cabinet of ministers has agreed to name some roads in the vicinity of the Pigeon Island Causeway after persons who have contributed in kind or effort to the development and or preservation of areas surrounding the Pigeon Island Causeway.

The road from the Gros Islet Bridge to the Landings Hotel will be named the “Jerome Montoute Drive.” Montoute is a well-known citizen of Gros Islet. His family lands were acquired by the government to pave the way for the construction of the Rodney Bay Marina. To this day, there are issues surrounding compensation to the family but the government believes that the contribution of the Montoute family to the transformation of Gros Islet must be acknowledged.

The road from the Landings to Pigeon Island will be named after the well-known Jamaican developer and contractor, Moses Matalon. It will now be called the “Moses Matalon Causeway.” It was Matalon’s company that undertook the dredging work to pave the way for the construction of Rodney Bay and the causeway. It is not often a road is named after a Caricom national but this is a deserved honour to a national of Jamaica whose company transformed the landscape and achieved what many thought was impossible, linking Pigeon Island the mainland. Matalon loved this country dearly.

The link road between the Gros Islet Highway and the junction of the Landings Hotel will be named after famous historian, visionary and champion of the environment, Robert Devaux. The road will now be called, “Robert Devaux Drive.” According to the Cabinet of ministers, the legacy of Robert Devaux needs even greater acknowledgement, but this is one small step to honour his extraordinary contribution to Saint Lucia.

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