NEW YORK (AP) – A small, rural island off the coast of the Dominican republic is being used as a testing ground for a plan to develop a new beach resort on a tiny stretch of the island’s coast.
Seascape Spa and Spa Tropica, with a population of less than 20,000, will be developed by a Dominican firm and a developer, the government said Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear how many people would be working on the project.
Seacape Spa will be located off the Dominican coast, in the mountains near the Caribbean Sea.
The plan is to expand on Seacape Beach, a popular tourist destination on the island of Hispaniola.
Seacapets is a small, rocky island off Hispaniola that sits on a rocky shore.
It is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) long and 4 miles wide, the U.S. Geological Survey says.
It was the site of an infamous explosion in 1835 that killed dozens of people.
The island has had two natural disasters in the past year.
In June, a hurricane killed at least 11 people.
In July, a large wave washed people off the island and into the ocean.