Miramar Hotel may request NT$1.1 bil. gov't settlement
By John Liu , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- With last week's ruling that construction of Miramar Resort Hotel (美麗灣渡假村) be halted, the hotel's management has started laying off its employees, and is considering asking the Taitung County Government for compensation.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The Supreme Administrative Court last week made the final verdict to halt construction of Miramar Resort Hotel. Deputy Manager of Miramar Resort Hotel Chu Ying-chou (朱膺州) said the final verdict was a great disappointment, considering the project has cost more than NT$10 billion since it was started a decade ago.
The final judgment on Miramar Resort Hotel may result in the Taitung County Government paying more than NT$1.1 billion in compensation. The compensation would cost NT$5,000 per resident of the County of Taitung, which has a relatively high proportion of elderly, mid- and low-income households and mentally and physically disabled groups.
Voices on Both Sides
Environmentalists said that halting the construction project would be a good thing for Taitung. Environmentalists worry that the resort will cause pollution to the environment. Many even said that the development project was a mistake since its commencement.
However, there are supporters of the project as well. More than 90 percent of the local population supports the Miramar project. Supporters of the project are encouraging the management of Miramar Resort Hotel to continue with the construction. Many supporters of the project claimed that recreational and tourism industries will stimulate economic growth for Taitung.
Ramifications of the Decision
Environmentalists' protests have caused numerous construction interruptions on the project. If everything had gone according to schedule, the resort would have begun operation in July of this year, Chu said. The resort employs 40 people, and human resource expenses are as high as NT$2 million per month. The company now has to lay off its employees with severance payment, or help them find other employment opportunities.
In addition to Miramar Resort Hotel, there are several other recreational projects under development on the East Coast. Protests have been staged by environmentalists against these projects as well.