Soufriere is at the center of the South district. A picturesque village with direct views of the Scotts Head peninsula on the Caribbean Sea side, it also sits in a stunning valley leading to Sulfur Springs. One of the main focal points of this area and a key factor on the Coastal Plan is the new jetty to be built and which will become the main water access to the South. The jetty is a necessity for fishermen, emergency evacuation and transportation in case of road failures as well as for tourism accessibility and activities.
The construction of a new jetty in Soufriere gives the opportunity to improve on the existing assets of the village while adding new community facilities such as lockers for the Soufriere fishermen and a dedicated zone for local vendors to sell their goods to visitors and residents alike.
Because of the uniqueness of the Soufriere Bay, new activities with international exposure, such as the free diving competition, are already emerging in Soufriere and need to be encouraged.
The new jetty will also increase the capacity for scuba diving and other water sport activities like kayaking which already are part of the village’s attributes. This potential increase in recreational and touristic activities has to be managed carefully to ensure and maintain the protection of the marine reserve.
The coexistence of a natural fish nursery, a turtle nesting area, coral reefs, a public beach and scuba diving zones at proximity to the village presents an interesting challenge that only community consensus based on a coherent Costal Plan can address.