MONDAY, DEC. 31: An environmental pressure group today called on the new OBA Government to terminate the lease agreement for a new hotel on the Old Club Med site in St George’s.

And BEST’s Stuart Hayward said that the disused golf course near the site should also be re-opened.

Mr Hayward added that US-based developer Carl Bazarian had failed to meet the terms of the development agreement for a Park Hyatt hotel – and should be dumped.

Mr Hayward added: “The end of the year has come and still there is no movement on the Park Hyatt site in St George’s.

“Mr Carl Bazarian has failed once again to meet the terms of the agreement and BEST is appealing to the new Government to terminate the agreement and so put us on the right footing as regards this lost opportunity.

“Regaining control of one of our scarce and precious assets will mean that we won’t just let the fates lead us where they will.

“We will begin a new year and a new era in our history by truly stepping up to the responsibility of charting our own course in securing a development partnership that is more suitable to our small island home.”

Mr Hayward added: “Mr Bazarian has not shown the level of commitment to Bermuda that we would have expected and it is wholly unacceptable for such a treasure to be tied up once again in this type of gridlock.

“What can happen right now is for the golf course to be re-opened, with a new clubhouse if possible, so that St Georgians can once again derive the benefit from an amenity that has been denied to them and other Bermudians over the past five years.”