Monday, July 13, 2009

Drugs - Dagga and Drag Races

Today at 11h00 a meeting was held in St. Lucia town hall. Some of the concerns is the noise levels that is created in town. I have a very skew view of this meeting since I had to rush to Mtubutuba for Medical Emergency.

The main concern seems to be the fun places along the main street, apparently these places are over crowded by un wanted elements from out of town...

My observation as a middle age-man living for 37 years in St. Lucia is as follows.

The Foreign  Tourist influx has led to the increase in Drug sales, prostitution and the over consumption of liquor after hours. It seems that some residents want to  bake a cake according to their recipes, but every body has to pay for the ingredients.

For the Sewerage works and Refuse disposal where develop in the years when St. Lucia was flooded during 100 school holidays and a clean up system was in place to revamp the place in 265 days remaining the year.

Then came Guest Houses ... flooding the residential area. Increasing demands on reticulating systems, power grids and refuse disposal developed to suit residential needs. Air conditioning, more staff influx, road traffic and more pressure on the residential areas where taxes are lower have now lob sided the micro and macro economics of this fragile environment.

Burning of the rubbish dump is now a constant daily practice leaving a stench of burning rubber hanging over the town every evening. The smell off wood burning fires and BBQ's with laughing playing kids in the street replaced with roaring Game Drive vehicles, tractors with boats and speeding tour guides. Once a parent could let his children out on the streets in the evening but with the increase in child pornography scares that the influx that short term visitors bring to the area keeps the children off the street and hopefully not in the pubs that sprung up like mushrooms in the wake of strong foreign currencies ...

Where has the days gone that you know the winter Holiday has arrive by the familiar face that greets you in the street. People catching up with local fishing news and more....

My Question is ... Who is going to pay for this very expensive Eco Tourist .... St. Lucia Estuary residents are gullible to be lead by a few Guest House owners and Tour operators ...  St. Lucia has out priced itself from domestic tourism markets with lake cruises running into R150.00 per ticket per adult ... Game Drives of over R450.00 per person per day....

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