NRA-Dart and Shetty deals unlawful, says auditor

| 23/07/2015 | 133 Comments
Cayman News Service

Dart hotel on Seven Mile Beach under construction

(CNS): Government’s deal with Dart Realty regarding the development of the hotel on Seven Mile Beach and the closure of the West Bay Road, as well as the hospital development in East End were unlawful, the auditor general has said. In another damning report from Alastair Swarbrick and his team, government and in particular the political arm of the former UDP administration have been taken to task for failing to comply with its own laws in the management of crown land and the development of the islands.

In the report Swarbrick points to closed-door deals, where ministers gave away concessions and duties, fees and taxes without any public discussion or the scrutiny of the Legislative Assembly, as required by law. He said that the agreement which led to the development of Health City in East End and the NRA agreement — a part of Dart’s ForCayman Investment Alliance — were not at all for Cayman and the government acted unlawfully without the proper authority when it signed the deals.

He also takes the Department of Planning, the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Development Control Board (DCB) and the Central Planning Authority (CPA) to task for what amounts to arbitrary closed-door decisions on development and the conflicts of interest the membership presents. Swarbrick points to decisions made by the CPA on development that fly in the face of the advice given by government’s technocrats, including the Department of Environment, the Water Authority and the National Roads Authority (NRA), and no reasons given for why they ignore the advice.

“I am concerned about the lack of transparency we found in how the CPA and DCB operate,” said Swarbrick. “I believe that some development decisions might have been different had the information been discussed in a public forum rather than behind closed doors.”

The audit also points to the significant inconsistency of the CPA’s decision and the secrecy surrounding them.

Swarbrick has once again uncovered some inexplicable actions by the former minister for district administration, Juliana O’Connor Connolly, who is the current speaker of the House, who purchased land and houses on Cayman Brac without any apparent justification with public money.

Making depressing reading, the report highlights the environmental destruction that has taken place in Cayman in recent years because of a lack of development plan and the arbitrary and reckless decisions made by the CPA, which has persistently ignored environmental degradation when approving plans.

Government has not only failed to follow the national development plan, it has not kept it up to date as no review has been undertaken for 18 years. Acknowledging the efforts of Vision 2008, Swarbrick said it was not a comprehensive plan and was never implemented.

“I understand the challenges involved in creating a comprehensive development plan for the Cayman Islands,” said Swarbrick. “However, there is no excuse for continuing to develop properties on such an ad hoc basis. A development plan would help protect these beautiful islands for future generations.”

He said this failure to manage land and development effectively and its removal of the scrutiny of legislators in parliament has handed the development of the country’s land resources into barely regulated private sector hands ,which has resulted in significant losses to the wider public.

Swarbrick pointed out that the country has now lost almost 70% of its wetlands, 11% of it since Hurricane Ivan, and noted the continued attack on the country’s natural habitat. He found that more than 68 sites that were identified as sensitive have been developed and another 23 have applications pending at present. Denis Point Pond, Booby Pond, the central mangrove wetlands and the North Sound have all been subject to development and dredging, despite recommendations to preserve these important habitats in the development plan.

Swarbrick’s team also criticised the failure of the CPA to require an environmental impact assessment on either the new Esterly Tibbetts Highway or the Shetty hospital.

Of significant concerns is the auditor general’s indication that the management of the county’s water resources is weak, with the Water Authority reporting significant problems impacting the fresh water supply as a result of development and poor planning decisions and a lack of enforcement regarding sewage. But even worse is the amount of quarrying that has been allowed outside of recommended limits.

The report talks extensively about numerous adverse consequences that stem from a lack of planning control and the fact that legislators have lost control of the development of the country, as the CPA has made decisions based on commercial development interests alone and ministers have interfered with the process on major development projects.

OAG Report – National Land Development and Government Real Property

Check back to CNS later for more on this latest report following the auditor general’s press briefing.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They ought to be jailed!

  2. Anonymous says:

    “the report highlights the environmental destruction that has taken place in Cayman in recent years because of a lack of development plan and the arbitrary and reckless decisions made by the CPA”

    Really…? Be careful about conflating statements of CNS’ value judgments with the Auditors factual findings. The AG does not at any point use the words ‘reckless’ or ‘arbitrary’. The AG is doing a great job but coverage that conflates his fact gathering of view with negative judgements will only fan the flames already present that may lead to him being removed.

  3. Knot S Smart says:

    I wonder why our legal department fought so valiantly against those West Bay ladies when they challenged the Dart Deal?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for exposing the truth mr swarbrick. You appear to care more about caymanians than our own public officials. If not at least doing your job properly. They are more interested in a payout rather than their own islands.

    It is unfortunate how we have changed from such a humble culture we once were, to a greed minded place where the majority cares more about money than anything else.

  5. Just Sayin' says:

    Swarbrick has missed one point entirely. Without these deals having been negotiated, there would have been no future revenue from either one, as they would have died a slow death, to no detriment of either of the developers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please read the article again, you miss the point. Not the development(s) the deals as you correctly point out are the problem.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow, so many “Leggites” in our midst.
    That is quite scary …but more than anything, very funny.
    What a wagon to hitch onto, lol!
    However, some people will sell their soul and suspend their analytical skills all in the name of taking an isolated jab at Cayman.

    – Who

  7. Just Wacthin says:

    Alden knew, just like of all of us, the things that Julie had been up to.
    Did it matter to Alden? No. Did Alden feel she should be held accountable for what she had been doing? No. Will the AG’s report make Alden feel that she should be held accountable? No.
    Did Alden see her as someone who, like him, cares only about their own success? Yes.
    Deal done. “Welcome Sister Julie”. “Thank you Bro Alden”.
    Sister Julie is now a beloved member of the PPM thanks to Alden’s desire to become Premier – at any cost.
    And the stupid voters keep voting for people like them. Dawhahunnaget.

    • Anonymous says:

      what? Alden is to be blame for what? you are kidding right? LOL. how brown your UDP nose is?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Re-patriate me please. Anywhere will be fine.
    You do still have my re-patriation fee don’t you? Because that what that money was for right?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Here we go again, taking the word of one man as gospel without questioning or engaging our intellect. Like his statement regarding the schools CoA there is more to the story. The AG is living in a Perfect theoretical world similar to socialism where the people are all equal. Ask those living under Fidel how that works. To get the wheels of capitalism spinning the government makes decisions and Boards also have the power to make decisions all within the ambit of the law. Nothing that the CPA did is outside their power they can ask for a EIA if they want to or not. What protected habitat is there in east end to warrant one for the Shetty hospital? In a perfect world maybe but be careful what you wish for because giving the cpa more power will only extend their reach to us. The AG will soon be gone but we will be left on an Island where no developers want to venture.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is an interesting story, because when the Auditor General refers to Cavinet acting unlawful that includes the political and official members of Cabinet which includes the Governor and the Deputy Governor as well as the Chief Legal Advisor to Cabinet the Attorney General. If the decisions were unlawful did the AG (attorney general) advise them of such and if not why not. Does our Chief Legal advisor agree with the Auditor General that the actions of the highest authority in the land was illegal?

      • nauticalone says:

        And therein lies the answer. Too many connected people involved. Nothing likely to happen!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I notice David Legge’s name appearing in many comments here. Bear this in mind – Legge was involved in doing the early PR work for the Shetty hospital and after taking over CFP was apparently fishing for a major tie in with DART. Be interesting to see how this pans out in the Compass.

  11. Anonymous says:

    OK Mr Swarbrick, now go back a bit further to 2007 and investigation the deal that gave Villas of the Galleon an extra 50 years on their lease without any proper consulation. They weren’t the only people who got deals like that on Crown land at that time and, until Net News blew the whistle, it was also all being done in secret. One of the prime movers in that was very well connected with the government of the day.

    • Anonymous says:

      So what should have happened, Government take back Villas of the Galleon property like Castro in the 60’s?
      Genius. Government got their value using their in house valuers at L&S. Remember the AG advocates using the government agencies more often.

      • Anonymous says:

        You clearly know nothing about this. If you did you wouldn’t post such dumb comments. The VoG deal put $millions in the pockets of a few individuals while all CIG got was pocket change. The deal was temporarily put on hold after Net News exposed it but was then forced through by the eventual beneficiaries despite strong opposition from within CIG. Trust me – I was there and know where all the bodies are buried on this.

    • Andres Caldeton says:

      Don’t think that land was Crown Land! Check Land Registry! At least not all of it!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Where are all the posters who gave massive thumbs up to any comment that praised Alden for accusing Legge of treason and massive thumbs down to those who suggested Legge had a point in a badly expressed editorial? It is amazing how long it has taken for the political patronage and the conflict of interest stuff that goes on/has gone on with these Boards like Planning Board and Airports Authority to come out in the open and be scrutinized. We all knew it has been happening for 30 years or more.

    • Anonymous says:

      Legge was wrong not is talking about corruption in the Cayman Islands but for implying that each and every one one of us here are corrupt. Very few of us discount the severity of corruption in the government and political system. But NOT all the people. He was wrong to do so and got what he deserved.

      • Anonymous says:

        he never implied that …..

      • Anonymous says:

        If Legge’s comments defined your character then maybe you are just that….. corrupt! I know i sure to hell don’t fall under the category of corrupt Caymanians but Alden and all other politicians involved are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous 6:53 – Booorrrriinngggg He did not say every one of us here are corrupt. Stop exaggerating.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Indeed we live in interesting times. There is no doubt that the existing laws noted in the article are way out of date but why did it take the AG to point this out. It should not be his mandate.

      By uncovering what he has found points a firm finger against the UDP Goverment of yesteryear. No doubt this will result in McBurger acting as a vexatious litigant costing the government millions.

      I am not condoning Dart or Shetty but I do wonder what took place behind closed doors. The FBI/DOJ are all over FIFA , soon to be renamed THIEFA, and no doubt in due course CIFA , which has been embarrassing enough. The Cayman Islands needs embrace transparency at all levels. That starts with the CIG itself.

      Hats off to the AG. Long may he take no prisoners. Hopefully interested prisoners can read this article without hard copies being thrown over the wall at Northward.

  13. Anonymous says:

    What happen to the re nogotiation by the ppm or did the AG conveniently forget to include this in the audit. PPM gave away more than concessions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Mr Auditor, you are doing a great job, can you now look into the CCTV???

      • Davis says:

        Another ill informed poster. The cctv programme was audited years ago and came out with flying colors zzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz. This was done by civil servants not the UDP.

        • Anonymous says:

          by Civil Servants???? You mean those people who will do anything to keep their kushy jobs and free Health Insurance… GTFOH sleeping ugly.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, yes! Most, like me, forgot about this questionable deal. This is another audit for the AG & his team. They are just so many to remember ?

        Mr. AG, I hope you’re office is reading these CNS.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hay David, funny you got more thumbs down then anything. First of all the cctv programming didn’t come out with flying colors, it came out acceptable. Questions are coming out now on who pushed it through? The raised the actual cost from 1.36 million to 1.95 million no where during a bidding process can you add that amount to the bid. So yes questions arise, especially when the CCTV sucks, and really hasn’t done much for the Island other then line pockets. How come certain entities get Government Contracts without a bid??? can you explain that? Nope I guess you can’t. The auditor should look into who has interest in what? Silent partners? things just don’t add up.

  14. Cass says:

    What about the million dollar schools? Clifton has no “certificate of occupancy” but been open for a few years well. Sickening this type of corruption.

  15. Anonymous says:

    At last – an official report confirming what most people have suspected for years.

    The best bit is it comes from an Auditor General working with the full support of both the Governor’s office and the FCO – no chance he’ll be fired for stepping on the wrong toes like his predecessor was.

    The sad thing about this is the long-term financial damage it will do to the Cayman Islands. One of the problems outside investors have is that quite often (certainly in the UK) supporting corruption in another country is a criminal offence back home so a track record like this doesn’t exactly encourage future investment. Would you risk getting caught up in something like this knowing that it could result in a jail sentence?

    I know for a fact that two major stay-over tourism opportunities were lost in 2002/3 because of the ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude that prevails in some sections of CIG. In one case the company representatives arrived on-island to discover they were effectively in a bidding war with various officials and their friends/relatives just to get discussions started – they didn’t stay long.

    Mr Swarbrick – a suggestion. Go back a bit further and look at projects like Ritz-Carlton. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting.

    • truth says:

      Dan Duguay was not let go (he was not fired, his contract was not renewed) because he stepped on toes. His management of the Audit Office was terrible. Swarbrick is a terrific replacement and of course there were posters who said at the time Government would put in a patsy to replace the great Duguay. Where are you all now?

      • Anonymous says:

        Truth is Duguay was fired after deciding to investigate an issue with corrupt connections to the UK – Operation Tempura – after being told to leave it alone. He was very clear about that during his presentation at the OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami last year.

        Interestingly, Tempura is one matter that Swarbrick has refused to touch. The audit on that is still unfinished despite the fact that OAG has been presented with evidence that the original audit was compromised. In fact documents released under FOI show that significant information was withheld from the audit. Tempura was a classic case of deals done in secret and $millions being handed over – the big difference is those deals were done in the UK not in the Cayman Islands. One rule for us, one rule for them?

        • Anonymous says:

          Your opening assertion is incorrect but Duguay has never accepted that his very poor management of his office (coupled perhaps with his constant grandstanding and self aggrandizement) was the problem that led to his non renewal of contract and so he may very well be claiming the Tempura nonsense any time he gets a chance to speak as he did at the Offshore Alert conference you refer to.

          • Anonymous says:

            Old saying 8:25 – You can’t fix stupid. If you really believe that comment that’s your problem but trust me it’s BS. I’ve seen the emails that make it quite clear Duguay’s attempts to find out what the heck was going on with Tempura p***ed off some pretty influential people. He was then fired for crossing them – end of story.

            Admittedly that also opened the door for the FCO to appoint their own man who, backed up by a Governor who boasts a pretty impressive accountancy background, is clearly on a mission here so it wasn’t all negative. In fact you could argue that Duguay’s Tempura indiscretion did us all a favour.

      • Anonymous says:

        @2:24 It looks like another opportunity may also have just been lost. I read elsewhere that the TI buy out has collapsed. It might be worth investigating what happened there and why claims are now being made that the site has been approved for a 10 storey, two tower hotel or condo development rather than a refurbishment. Got no problem with the place being knocked down but this change of plans all seems rather sudden.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I hold no brief for the AG but this report is quite damming and certainly point fingers in a lot of directions.
    “Swarbrick has once again uncovered some inexplicable actions by the former minister for district administration, Juliana O’Connor Connolly, who is the current speaker of the House, who purchased land and houses on Cayman Brac without any apparent justification with public money.”


    • Anonymous says:

      Quite simple answer really. Those purchases were from political cronies. What is it that the AG finds “inexplicable”?

      • Anonymous says:

        Would that not indicate possible corruption that we have all been aware of but that we have not recognized as corruption or we would have done something about it. Which is it Alden? Did you see it or not? Did you do something or not?

        • Anonymous says:

          He never saw the photo. We know that because he has made it clear we do not tolerate even the suggestion of impropriety.

  17. Idi Amen says:

    The thing is that Legge didn’t go far enough. Easy enough to point the finger at tinted glass and Jeff Webb. But he didn’t dare go after the higher echelons where the real dirt gets done!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    “Juliana O’Connor Connolly, who is the current speaker of the House, who purchased land and houses on Cayman Brac without any apparent justification with public money”
    What????? How is this OKAY and why is she still Speaker??
    Just call this the Islands of Crazy Town where money talks if it’s under the table. Crazy nutball people up in here. And somehow they must justify it in their own heads because I can’t imagine anyone being as greedy as these folks. Sad part is that they don’t even know any better. They will only realize how bad when it’s too late and merely point the finger at the other ‘government’ or someone else. NOBODY will stand up about it because they ALL have skeletons that they can’t let out.
    This is nauseating.

  19. Anonymous says:

    But WAIT!!!! There is NO corruption in the Cayman Islands!!! Someone must be paying the AG to say these things.
    What do you say now ALDEN??? YOU are the treasonous one. And so is MAC

    • Anonymous says:

      Alden is not the leader of the UDP. That’s the party that made these illegal deals.

      • Anonymous says:

        He is the leader of the PPM responsible for bad deals like the high schools and the current cruise berthing project that must be investigated by the AG

        • Anonymous says:

          The bad deal for the high school happened when Rolston meddled in the construction. The berthing that mckeeva planned was highly illegal and was to be owned by the Chinese government. But you wouldn’t want to talk about that because you are either too scared of the UDP vengeance or your are a UDP muppet.

    • Anonymous. says:

      Go smoke some pot and relax caymanians need to get a life and leave dart and sheetyt. alone.

  20. Anonymous says:

    In 5-10 years we won’t have anything to offer tourists.

    It seems to have escaped the Government’s attention that the very things that our visitors come here to Cayman to experience………safety, beautiful beaches, world class diving, pristine environment, friendly Caymanians and our laid back lifestyle are the very things we are in the process of destroying.

    While I am not a fan of David Legge, he nailed it on the head, when he described corruption as insidious to these Islands.

    Everyone and their mother lost their mind over his article, but where is the outrage at the ‘treasonous’ acts committed against us by our own Government and our own people?

    It’s time to take our heads out of the sands and demand a competent government that is accountable to the people of these Islands and that keeps the best interests of these Islands and our people in mind when making decisions.

    If not, we may soon be in the unenviable position that unfortunately many of our ex-pat workers find themselves in……having to leave their country, families and homes in order to find work in another country…… a country that unfortunately has become increasingly inhospitable and hostile to foreign workers….foreign workers who have contributed to our Islands.

    Foreign workers who have helped build our financial industry to what it is today.

    Foreign workers who have helped to build our tourism industry.

    Foreign workers who care for our children and elderly.

    Foreign workers who clean our homes, cook our meals, and rake our yards.

    Foreign workers who teach our children.

    Foreign workers who stack the shelves in grocery stores.

    Foreign workers who collect our garbage.

    Foreign workers who become husbands and wives to Caymanians.

    Foreign workers who become fathers and mothers to Caymanian children.

    We have to make changes before we destroy ourselves.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fine, but can we spare a moment to remember the foreign workers who have entered into corrupt deals with the Government and others.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cuba is opening up, we won’t have anything to offer tourists within the next year. Cayman doesn’t have anything to offer tourists anymore. High prices, high crimes, nothing unusual to see anymore, overcrowded stingray city, traffic, buildings/hotels all across West Bay Road, we don’t even look like an Islands anymore. Greed has done us in…politicians running as one party, then when they get in they change up, example JUJU, Tara to name two. I know there is more but couldn’t remember. She is so worried about the Labour issues when it is her own people that have destroyed this Island. If Caymanians wanted a job they are out there, but the lower end jobs, it is below them, yet they have no experience and have to start somewhere but they think they can start at the top of the pay scale and top positions.

  21. Knot S Smart says:

    I did not see this one coming…

  22. Anonymous says:

    another glorious day for the cig and the civil service……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  23. Awhadat says:

    Ironwood yah say?

  24. Anonymous says:

    The AG was able to rule the NRA-DART deal illegal, yet our court of law could not? XXXXXX I am glad that the AG has put these Gov’t deals under scrutiny and released his findings to the Cayman public. Great Job Mr. AG and Staff!Now, let’s begin investigations on the both the gov’t agents and private citizens involved in this matter…the Shetty hospital, included.

    And, Mr. AG, please don’t stop here.

    Corruption? Well, there’s plenty more of it.

    • Anonymous says:

      And now the next question is, WHAT WILL BE DONE ABOUT IT!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Nothing. Absolutely nothing. There will be some inane denial, a swipe or two at the AG for being foreign, and then absolutely nothing will be done.

        • DJ says:

          Exactly what are you expecting to be done. We already voted the UDP out of office. Rather than complain how about at least one poster come up with one sensible suggestion. Please please

          I think that the Iron Wood. Port airport projects will pass the AG smell test with flying colors.

      • Joe B says:

        The answer is nothing. And the next question is WHY is nothing being done about it? And the answer is the people involved are the ones who decide nothing will be done. And the next question is why do the people of Cayman Islands let them get away with it. And the answer is????

    • Anonymous says:

      AG found the deals by UDP unlawful, not illegal

      kinda like the court finding use of credit cards for thousands of dollars at casinos etc not illegal but small handful of us saw it as unlawful, constitutionally and morally speaking

  25. Anonymous says:

    Everyone involved should be held responsible! Now is this not a clear sign that Cayman (and when i say Cayman I speak about Government as ambassadors for the country) is deeply rooted in corruption? I think the editorial in the Cayman Compass hit really close to home hence the reaction from Government. How do we expect the rest of the world to see us as non-corrupt if all the big wigs in this country as involved in corruption some was or another? From closed door deals, paving driveways with public funds, gambling etc. have smeared the name of Cayman in general. For crying out loud Ju Ju has never been questioned about things she have done wrongfully and the public knows. Another day in wonderland.


    • Anonymous says:

      Queen Ju Ju has NEVER given an interview that I can recall. Come on CNS, (or better still CITV) try and talk her into giving an interview where these accusations can be discussed and she can give her side. Continued silence is pretty much an admission of guilt I think.

  26. Anonymous says:

    In the real world this would lead to resignations and the end of careers. That won’t happen in Cayman. No, there will be general denial of wrongdoing and a few insults hurled at the auditor-general. Then nothing will happen at all. Absolutely nothing. Move along and say no more, to talk of such things again is treason and the government will stop contracting with your businesses.

    • Cathy Church says:

      It is time to see the actual signature on the contracts. It is time to stop saying “He who shall not be named.” It is time to use the name of the offender and get it over with. I am too much of an outsider to do this. Someone from the inside of our government must be the one. Our leader should be the first to do this. It is the job of the prime minister to bring this to light in a proper, legal, complete, once and for all way. I call upon our MLAs to do what is right regardless of the fall out. We must root out this insidious corruption because it is rotting us from the top all the way down.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t this the way things are always done in Cayman, besides if these things had to be approved by the public nothing would ever get developed or get approval.

    • Anonymous says:

      It happens everyday, in the Gov’t, as well as the Private Sector…too much foolishness. It’s time to “We” (the Cayman People) start seeing some indictments, followed by restitution & custodial sentences!

  28. Anonymous says:

    So Legge was right and McLaughlin was wrong. When is Alden going to apologise for throwing his toys out of the pram?

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Legge will NEVER be right gor generalizing Caymanians as criminals and we will forever be proud of Alden for standing up to the idiot, regardless of how many loonies agree with you or find your ignorant comments funny.

      • Anonymous says:

        Please take note of the number of disapprovals here Mr. Premier. We most definitely need to get rid of a whole lot more expats than Legge.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Mr. Legge was right about systemic corruption in the Cayman Islands.

    Where is the Transparency, Good Governance and Accountability that they all promise?

    • Kenny says:

      What your posters are not understanding is that Leagge said we all turned blind eye to corruption. …;but the AG has not. The Police have not …The Governor has not … who is right and who is wrong.

      • Anonymous says:

        @ Kenny wake up from your dream world.

        Until MLA’s, High ranking Civil Servants, Private Sector persons and corrupt Board members are convicted for abuse of office and corruption nothing will change. The Governor and RCIPS are selective about who they investigate and charge under the Anti-corruption laws. To date no convictions of significance for any UDP or PPM officials

      • Anonymous says:

        You can’t include those guys in the “we all” category. Swarbrick, Baines and Kilpatrick are not Caymanian, but here temporarily to do their jobs. Of course they are alert to corruption – it’s their job!

      • Anonymous says:

        legge did not say that.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is mind boggling how many expatriates come to this country and behave themselves as though corruption does not exist in their own.

  30. Anonymous says:

    They lost control of the development of the island when they lost control of the islands finances, nearly bankrupting Cayman requiring us to rely of the Private Sector for infrastructure improvements.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Like most modern democracies, Cayman needs a clean sweep of its political establishment.

    Anyone in office for more than 7 years should be rendered ineligible for re-election.
    There are more than enough educated and qualified young Caymanians to take up these positions, and most importantly, long-standing (career) politicians always increase the potential for entrenched corruption and mismanagement.

    (This is also why big business (cough / ahem) loves the “party system”. The USA, UK, Jamaica, Cayman, like it or not – we are all the same now … the people suffering from the disease known as politicitis.)

    – Whodatis

    • Anonymous says:

      Whodatis, would agree except for the 7 year period, which would exclude the new members who are contributing to the problem and would still consider running and to carry on wishes of same puppet masters.

      A clean sweep should be clean, including all corners, under all bits and pieces of furniture, heck we might even start getting sense of allegiance to Cayman at end of day.

  32. Another Dave in Paradise says:

    Who are the “treasonous” ones again????!

    • Cathy Church says:

      At last, Mr. Swarbrick, you have done what hundreds of us have failed to be able to bring about. Exposure of the criminals who have had their way with us over the years. The law is the law. If you rob a store you go to jail. Now, if you rob the entire country of our due tax income and you break the law by the improper, illegal spending of our money, can they now do jail time, please.

  33. Anonymous says:

    The planning laws in Cayman are awful. beware when purchasing property

    • Philip says:

      As someone whom has just finished building a home in one of the west counties in the UK, i can assure you here is a breeze when dealing with planning/Govt inspectors etc, not sure where you from in the world but you can’t compare here and the UK when it comes to red tape, try removing a 5 year old tree in the UK from a plot of land!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Well, my family has commercial contruction adjacent to his home, that’s up the the 1st Storey belting, and only received Planning notice a week ago (July) with a June 26th date. The construction officially started from May. So, I would be incline to apply logic to this situation and say that this project was decided and approved early in the year, unless it was expedited, as a personal favor, through executive action to circumvent the bureaucratic process that the a regular applicant would have yo encounter.

        Devious and despicable acts. This reads just like another NRA-Dart Deal.

        That’s why Govt legal documents are often questionable, because the process and date stamps are deceptive!

        Planning adept., a Land Registry, and NRA among the top 5 most unscrupulous sectors– and don’t get me started on the Legal and Judicial segments of government.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s a pity that the UK didn’t step in to help save our wetlands etc from these developers. Our sea and beaches will soon be gone to the disaster-land. Tourists will continue to come – to see what? – to swim where? – oh, to buy…….

        • Anonymous says:

          Our Wetlands? If you own land here in Grand Cayman YOU are probably the person that developed something on top of OUR wetland. Otherwise you should buy it , then you can do anything with it you want.

  34. Anonymous says:

    That was a long time coming!! I believe this is something we all know but it is nice to have it publicly brought to our attention.
    CPA meetings should be open to the public and all decisions publicly justified.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Juliana O’Connor current Speaker of House must be charged for abuse of office as Minister along with everybody else involved in these illegal actions

    • Anonymous says:

      PPM would never endorse their party member to be charged. In fact they gave her a promotion and political protection by appointing her to the role of Speaker. It’s called hypocrisy!

      • Cathy Church says:

        It is time for police arrests and handcuffs. Why are they still out free? Their type of corruption has hurt this island far, far worse than a theft at any business. Why did it take so long–because we continued to sit back feeling helpless? Thankfully it is finally out in the open. Don’t any one here let this die away. This must result in a major uprising of anger and demand for right action. Don’t let these old ways persist. At least the port decision is out in the open with this new administration. Thankfully our new leaders are trying to be more transparent and for that I am grateful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Julie will never be charged for anything. She’s safe in Aldenistan.

  36. Anonymous says:

    I’ve said it from day 1, the Dart deal was illegal because it was signed without the approval of the NRA Board and was only taken for Board rubber stamping the following month. I guess as they say, what is done in the dark will eventually come into the light.

  37. TruthSayer says:

    All involved in the latest debacle described by the Auditor General be it UDP or PPM MLA’s, Civil Servants, Planning board members in GCM and CYB or anybody else involved NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED and CHARGED accordingly.


    • Anonymous says:

      Baines? WTF? What are you waiting for, a complainant? So many obvious problems and so little action?

  38. Anonymous says:


    business as usual, no surprises here

    • Philis says:

      Wake up ZZ Dude. We can all be guilty of apathy. Guess what? Apathy does f**k all to action change. Nor does making comments on CNS (yeah I realise the irony). It’s time we rose and showed our unity Caymanians – 10th generation, paper or a brand new P/R status, we need to work together, acknowledge the problem and clean out the government.

      • Anonymous says:

        …sanitizing gov’t is where it should start, but it is the persons with political interests & the private businesses/FDIs that also profits from this racketeering, via a trickle down effect!

      • Rock Lover says:

        Please remember that both the Shetty Hospital, unauthirised roads on the Brac and the Dart Desl was all done under the UDP and not PPM . Mind you not all PPM is squeaky clean but some of them are!!

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s the “Same game just different players”

          There is no difference between UDP and PPM same scams and programs of kick backs for loyalists and bag men who hold land and monies for their politicos

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